Delhi: Dentist Arrested For Torturing Minor Domestic Help For Months; Burns, Bite Marks Found on Girl’s Body

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New Delhi, January 15: A woman dentist allegedly tortured a minor who was employed as a domestic help at her residence in Kalyan Vihar, northwest Delhi. The dentist was arrested and the girl was rescued on Friday evening after being allegedly kept in confinement for the last four months.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Aslam Khan said the girl – who appears to be between 15 and 17 years of age – bore cuts and bruises all over her body. She was brought from Jharkhand by a placement agency in September last year, the Hindustan Times reported.

“The employer, a 40-year-old dentist, has been arrested,” said Khan. A case was registered against the accused under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement), 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave) and 374 (unlawful compulsory labour) of the Indian Penal Code; sections 75 (punishment for cruelty to child) and 79 (exploitation of a child employee) of the Juvenile Justice Act; and section 16 of the Bonded Labour Act.

The incident came to light when the girl ran to the balcony of the house and cried for help. Hearing her screams, a domestic help who was working nearby contacted the police. Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) officials assisted the police in rescuing the child.

DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said the victim had burns on her body and bite marks on her face. “The girl’s eyes were swollen. Her employer would spit in her face, strangulate her, and – at times – attack her with scissors. On Friday, the woman pinned her to the floor and repeatedly struck her head with a weighing machine. The scars and bruises on her body corroborate her claim,” she added.

Maliwal said the girl hadn’t been fed in days. “She was occasionally allowed to have two slices of bread. No sweaters and blankets were given to her at night.”

The accused could not be reached for comment.