An Assam domestic worker who claimed to have been beaten and confined in a Haryana IPS officer’s house last year reportedly accepted a ‘settlement’ to withdraw the case. While her family claims she has moved on, headaches and nightmares continue to haunt her.
The Alleged Torture Incident
Allegedly bound with ropes, hair chopped off, left without food for several days, made to sleep on the floor, and hours of beatings — a year ago, the story told by a 23-year-old domestic worker who was employed at a senior police officer’s house in Haryana made national headlines and sparked outrage.
The Settlement and Its Consequences
Today, the 23-year-old tribal woman from Assam’s Mangaldoi has “moved on”, her family members told Hindustan Herald. They claim she accepted a settlement of Rs 2.5 lakh to withdraw the case and is married and settled with her husband in Delhi. However, headaches and nightmares still haunt her, said her mother.
The Issue of Domestic Help Abuse
The incident highlights the issue of domestic help abuse in India, where domestic workers are often subjected to physical and mental abuse, sexual harassment, and exploitation. The domestic workers’ lack of legal protections makes them vulnerable to such abuse.
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