Jan 30, 2014

Suspicious Death of A Domestic Help and Suspected Cover-Up of the
Incident in DLF-Phase 3, Gurgaon

Conduct Thorough Inquiry and Arrest the Employer and his Sons Immediately

Gurgaon Police tonight 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 domestic help in DLF-Phase 3.

In a shocking incident in Gurgaon yesterday, a 17 year 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 demanding a thorough inquiry into
the incident.

When family members reached the said house, police personnel were
sitting inside the house in a relaxed manner, having tea and snacks.
The family members were offered Rs. 3 lakh to accept it as a suicide
case and not to demand an inquiry. The family members said “Hame Insaf
Chahiye, Paisa Nahi!” 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 today 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 and 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
Anannya Bhattacharjee – 9810970627
Retu Singh – 9716187771


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