The Gurgaon police on Wednesday rescued a 14-year-old domestic help, with injuries on her body, from a cupboard in a businessman's house in city's Krishna Colony.
The girl was sent to a civil hospital where the doctors found injuries on her body below the waist. The hospital said that the girl had a knife cut on her back and was bleeding and her eyes were swollen due to beatings, according to Hindustan Times .
The house where the girl was found belongs to Gurgaon-based businessman Sagar Jain. She was rescued on Wednesday night after a neighbour informed NGO Shakti Vahini that the teenager was being tortured by the family.
"As soon as we got information about the girl being held captive in a house at Krishna Nagar, we contacted the police, which constituted a team and raided the house around 4 pm. The family mislead the police initially. However, cops managed to rescue the victim from the rear side of the house. The family had put the girl in a cupboard to conceal her from the cops," India Today quoted General secretary of the NGO Rishi Kant as saying.
The police said that Jain's family members, including his wife, tortured the teenager and starved her. The girl told the police and the activists of the NGO that Jains gave just two rotis in a day, beat her with a mop and had attacked her with a knife once, NDTV reported.
The girl hails from a tribal community of Ratan Toli village in Jharkhand's Gumla district and was brought to Gurgaon by her uncle. She was then sent to Jain's house where she was working as domestic help for the last six months and was looking after the couple's twin children.
The National Commission of Women and Child Rights said the incident looks like a case of human trafficking. The police have filed an FIR under relevant sections and the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Gurgaon has asked the police to send the girl to a shelter home.
"It is a very serious issue as a minor girl is involved. It looks to be a case of human trafficking. The was brought from her native place to Delhi through a placement agency and was made to work as a maid in Gurgaon before being sent to Jain's house six months ago," CWC chairman Shakuntala said.
"We have requested the police to find a shelter home for the girl. The police have also been asked to file an FIR under appropriate sections. As the girl belongs to a tribal family, the SC/ST acts will also be invoked," she added.