New Delhi, Oct 5: In a recent turn of events, the Delhi maid accused was found giving contradictory statement when asked about the wound on the victim's head. Vandana Dhir (the accused) told the police that the deep gash on the domestic help's head was due to a fall, but the doctor who had treated the victim at that time was told that she was beaten by Dhir's brother.
Statements by the victim, on the other hand, carry jarring descriptions of the atrocities meted out on her. She told the police that she was regularly beaten with hot pans and brooms used for cleaning toilets. On one occasion, she was forced to drink urine and was not allowed to use the toilet inside the house regularly. To add to the inhumanity, she was forced to remain in a half-naked state.
Furthermore, in a second statement recorded in front of the sub-divisional magistrate, she said that she was underpaid according to the wages per Delhi's minimum wage rate, which is Rs 7,700 for unskilled labourers. She was fixed at a price of Rs 4,400, which she was never paid. This, when she was made to work from 6 am to 10 pm.
The bone ossification test and the radiological test, however, testifies that the girl is not a minor and is between 18 and 20 years. Meanwhile, Dhir's lawyer has requested the court to grant her bail as there were no scope of Dhir tampering with the evidences as all the investigations were over. He also refuted the non-bailable charges on his clients of causing "grievous hurt using dangerous weapon" being unfounded.
A former senior employee of a French company and a resident of Vasant Kunj, Dhir has been charged with sections of Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), attempt to murder, trafficking and sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.