Note: All names have been changed to protect the identity of the victim
Aku, a 17-year-old girl, was working as a domestic help in the home of Mr Anthony since 2016. During this time, she was a victim of extreme physical abuse mostly at the hands of her employer, Mrs Martha.
In her statement, Aku stated that Mrs Martha would hit her with bamboo sticks, iron rods, pieces of wood or any other object that was in her sight. The homeowner would also tie her legs and force her complete household chores in that state.
Mrs Martha would also crush king chillies and spread it across Aku’s face to punish her. There were times when she would pound her fingers with a pestle due to which her fingers would turn black.
Her thighs are replete with marks left by an iron rod which was used to clean fish. Her ears still have bruises from being pulled so often. Mrs Martha also threw boiling water on Aku’s hands, the marks of which are still there.
After one such incident, Aku fled from Mr Anthony’s house and reached Dimapur where her family was in residence. Her family then approached Sakhi-OSC Dimapur to take action.
Sakhi reached out to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and Childline as Aku was a minor and informed them of everything she had endured. Upon further inquiry and after speaking to Aku at length, the committee found out that the Anthony household had another minor who was still living and working for them. Furthermore, Aku stated that the minor was being abused and harassed just as Aku was.
The CWC immediately took action and lodged an FIR. The case was then referred to the respective district (where the abuse occurred). Thereafter, the CWC in the concerned district rescued the other child and the accused was arrested.
The investigation is on-going and Sakhi-OSC is following up with the case.
—- Story submitted by Sakhi One Stop Centre, Dimapur
Sakhi centre or One Stop Centre (OSC) is a fully sponsored Central Government scheme. These centres are set up through the Nirbhaya Fund under the National Mission for Empowerment of women by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.