Bail to placement agent in maid assault case

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) A Delhi court Wednesday granted bail to a placement agent who was arrested in connection with the alleged confinement and assault of a domestic help by her employer in Vasant Kunj in south Delhi.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Kumar Sharma granted bail to Dorothy, the placement agent, on a bail bond of Rs.25,000 with a surety of like amount.

Dorothy had arranged for the employment of the maid with 50-year-old Vandana Dhir, who was arrested for allegedly torturing and illegally confining her teenage domestic help in her house here.

Allowing the bail application of Dorothy, the court restrained her from leaving Delhi without first intimating the court. She would also need to be present before the Investigating Officer (IO) in the case whenever directed to do so.

The court had, Oct 26, denied her bail saying the allegation against her is serious. The police also slapped Section 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on her, a serious charge.

During the hearing Wednesday the police opposed granting bail to Dorothy, saying the probe in the case would be hampered as it was still at an initial stage.

Her counsel told the court that the investigation was complete and the police had nothing more to recover from her or at her instance.

Dhir and Dorothy were arrested in connection with a case lodged under various sections of the IPC, the Bonded Labour Act, the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Act and under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

Dhir, who was working with a multinational firm in Noida, has been accused of assaulting her domestic help, beating her and branding her with a hot girdle.

The victim, who hails from Jharkhand, said she was forced to drink urine and was kept by Dhir in her Vasant Kunj house in a semi-naked condition.

She was rescued by a joint team of NGO Shakti Vahini and Delhi Police from Dhir's residence on the evening of Sep 30.

Neighbours had heard her shrieking and had informed the police.

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