The girl child has been sent to the Child Welfare Committee and will be rehabilitated at a shelter home

Mumbai : A nine-year-old girl was rescued from an abusive employer who used to allegedly assault her with a roller pin, confine her and make her work in inhuman conditions at her residence in Patliputra Nagar in Oshiwara. The 58-year-old accused has been placed under arrest by the police while the hunt is on for her daughter, who is also said to have abused her.

The girl was rescued by the police after they got a tip off about her situation. According to the police, the arrested accused, Ishrat Mohammad Rabbani Pathan had brought the girl from Jharkhand two months ago to work for the household which consists of six people. The girl’s parents died several years ago, after which the family, who are natives of Jharkhand took her in at their residence there. Pathan has no proof of having adopted the girl.

An officer from Oshiwara police said that the girl was not subjected to sexual assault. A medical test has been done at the Cooper hospital and another one will be done at JJ hospital. Meanwhile, the child has been sent to the Child Welfare Committee and will be rehabilitated at a shelter home.

Police acted on a tip off that they had received from a local residing near the Pathan residence. The girl was made to wake up at 7 am in the morning and do house chores such as washing utensils and clothes, mopping the floor, chopping vegetables, etc. She was also made to take care of an infant amidst all this. The ‘employers’ never enrolled her in a school, and nor did they pay her for the work she was doing.

The child has also said in her statement that Pathan would say things such as, “I have bought you, I own you, and you have to do as I say.” Hunt is on for Pathan;s daughter, Tarana who is also said to have abused the child.

Pathan, who has been remanded to police custody until April 29, has been charged under the various sections of the IPC and the Child Labour Act and Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.

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