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Domestic violence on maid: Mother reaches city living only on biscuits

She had left her ancestral house in Malda, West Bengal and came all the way to Delhi to live a better life. She never had any opportunities in Malda, as she belongs to the Santhal tribe and her mother worked as a domestic labourer in the area. 

Finally, opportunity came knocking and she left her home and could finally breath the air of independence, until she was brutally assaulted with iron rods by her employer in Mukherjee Nagar.

While she was battling for her life, her mother (57), travelled all the way from Malda in a train, with nothing but Rs 300 and a packet of biscuits. She starved herself in the 60-hour journey, saving up the money just in case her daughter needs it.

Her mother and her younger sister, reached the hospital where the victim is fighting for her life. They entered the ICU and saw her after three long years. Her mother just put her hand on her daughter, looked at her for a while and then left with tears trickling down her eyes.

While talking to Millennium Post she said: “My daughter was full of life and wanted to help out the family. She was approached by a woman, who tried to convince her to leave for Delhi. After some persuasion, she left.”

The woman who trafficked her is Mariam Singh, who is a notorious trafficker as CWC has also claimed to have several cases against her. Mariam never paid her mother a single penny to take her to Delhi.   

The victim’s mother never knew that her daughter was tortured during her stay in Delhi. “She used to call me every now and then and would tell me that I am working and will send some money.” After looking at her daughter, they reached the DCW office along with a social activist in the afternoon. Just as they reached the DCW office, the Commission’s Chief Swati Maliwal took her to the conference room to join in an employee’s birthday celebration where a cake was being cut. 

After eating the piece of cake, the wrinkles on her face betrayed a sign of sadness as she left for the hospital to check up on her daughter. “I will stay here till the end for her,” she said.
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