Woman who locked maid to go on holiday gets bail

Apr 12, 2012, 08:45 IST | Agencies

A local court yesterday granted bail to a woman arrested along with her doctor husband on April 4 for allegedly locking up their 13-year-old maid in their house with very little food before leaving for a vacation to Thailand last month.

Additional Sessions Judge IS Mehta granted bail to Sumita Verma, wife Sanjay Verma, on grounds of being a woman and not being required for further investigation.

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Verma, who is also a doctor, moved the bail application after the court on April 9 sent the couple, along with alleged middleman Mahadev, to 14 days’ judicial custody. The court while granting bail said, “The petitioner is a lady and is not required for further investigation in the present case.” The court asked the petitioner not to leave India without its permission. It also cautioned her against trying to influence witnesses. The court gave bail to her on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one surety of same amount.

The couple had allegedly locked the minor girl in their flat in west Delhi’s Dwarka on March 25 when they left the country for vacation.
The girl was rescued on March 30 after neighbours saw her crying in the flat’s balcony. The police said that Mahadev had handed over the girl to a placement agency after bringing her from her native place in Jharkhand.

Seeking bail, Verma’s counsel told the court that the petitioner was no longer needed for probe. “The couple has a 10-year-old daughter and as both the parents are in judicial custody, there is no one in their family to look after the minor child.” Chief Public Prosecutor Devender Kumar opposed the bail plea and said that investigation regarding trafficking was still pending, so Verma should not be released on bail.

The FIR against the couple was filed under the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children Act, the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act and the IPC. 

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