31 January 2014

Police Attack Activists Asking Justice For Domestic Help Found Hanging

Gurgaon Police on January 30 lathi-charged and arrested women representatives of Gharelu Kamgar Sanghatan – Gurgaon (GKS-G) including Anannya Bhattacharjee, a labour rights activists, when they were demanding a second post-mortem in the case of a death of a 17-year-old domestic help in DLF-Phase 3.

In a shocking incident in Gurgaon yesterday, a 17-year-old domestic help’s body was found hanging in an employer’s house. The incident happened at S-15/19, DLF, Phase 3, Gurgaon, reportedly a residence of Mr Vijay Beri. Family members of the deceased domestic help are certain that she has been raped and murdered and are demanding a thorough inquiry into the incident.

When family members reached the house, police personnel were sitting inside the house in a relaxed manner, having tea and snacks. The family members were offered Rs 3 lakhs to accept it as a suicide case and not to demand an inquiry. The family members said “Hame Insaf Chahiye, Paisa Nahi!” (We want justice, not money). They refused to accept any amount of money and are demanding full justice in this case. Gharelu Kamgar Sanghathan – Gurgaon (GKS-G) has said that the photographs taken by police, which the family members got to see, definitely creates an impression that her body was hanged after her death.

The police had failed to initially register an FIR. It is only on the insistence of GKS-G, the police finally registered an FIR on January 31 under Section 302 and 376 of the IPC. The FIR has named Mr Vijay Beri and his two sons as primary suspects in this case. The GKS-G has said that the post-mortem done by the police is not trustworthy nor believable.

Police instead lathi-charged and arrested the women activists when they with victim’s family members were demanding a second post-mortem to establish the facts of death in this case. The family members are insisting that they will not perform the last rites unless a second post-mortem is performed. The GKS-G is demanding immediate arrest of Mr. Beri and his two sons to prevent them from destruction of any evidences, bribing or threatening the family members of deceased domestic help and from influencing the probe.

Gharelu Kamgar Sanghatan, Gurgaon

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