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Maid torture: Doctor couple's police custody extended

Delhi,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Immigration/Law/Rights, Fri, 06 Apr 2012 IANS

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) A Delhi court Friday extended for the next three days the police custody of a doctor and his wife who flew to Thailand for a vacation last month after allegedly locking up a 13-year-old maid in their house with very little food.


Duty Magistrate Arul Verma extended the police custody of doctor couple, Sanjay Verma and Sumita Verma and directed them to appear in the concerned court April 9. They were presented in the court of duty magistrate after the expiry of their police custody granted by Metropolitan Magistrate Ruchika Singla April 3.


The court, meanwhile, rejected the bail of Sumita Verma, who told the court that she is ready to pay compensation to the victim for her welfare.


Sumita Verma's bail was strongly opposed by the prosecution as well as the advocate appearing for NGO Shaktivahini, Ashok Kumar Singh.


Police claimed that the couple had locked the minor girl in their flat in west Delhi's Dwarka March 25 when they left the country for vacation.


The girl, hailing from Jharkhand, was rescued March 30 after neighbours saw her crying in the flat's balcony.


A court Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of the couple.


A First Information Report (FIR) was filed against the couple under the Juvenile Justice Act, Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act and the Indian Penal Code.


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