Bangalore, June 10, 2014, DHNS:

 A 25-year-old woman from Darjeeling, who works as a beautician, was kidnapped and assaulted by her former employer on Monday night. She was dropped back home a few hours later.

The woman and her husband are residents of New BEL Road for the past five years. She was working for Diva, a beauty parlour owned by Kavitha Gowda.

According to the victim, Kavitha had employed several women from Northeast. She was allegedly ill-treating the workers and not paying them on time. She would also threaten and harass them if they quit their jobs. Several women working in the parlour, unable to bear the torture, left the City, she alleged.

Accused of theft, beaten up


The victim claimed that she quit Diva Beauty Parlour last month and joined another parlour. She was constantly ‘threatened’ by Kavitha and some men would beat her up.

Around 10 pm on Monday, Kavitha and five men allegedly barged into her house, dragged her out and bundled her into a car. They drove for more than an hour and she was beaten up all along the way. She was also asked to sign on a blank paper, which she refused. Kavitha later charged the victim with stealing Rs 1.5 lakh.

She was later dropped back at her house at around 11.30 pm by which time her husband had returned home. The couple rushed to Sadashivanagar police station where the police allegedly refused to register their complaint.

There was high drama at the police station where activists from a human rights’ organisation and people from Darjeeling gathered, demanding that the police register their complaint. It was only after DCP (Central) B R Ravikanthegowda intervened, that the victim was sent for medical examination and a complaint registered, they alleged.

A volunteer from North-East Solidarity told Deccan Herald: “The way police treated the couple was horrifying. They were already traumatised and the police, instead of coming to their rescue, started driving them away.”


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