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Accused in Delhi maid abuse case making contradictory statements: Police

The Delhi police today told the court that the 50-year-old woman, who is accused of abusing her domestic help, is not being truthful about what caused the deep cut on the victim's head.

According to the police, while the accused Vandana Dhir in her statement said that the gash on victim's head was caused by a fall, she had told a doctor at a private clinic who had treated the victim's head injury in July that she had been "assaulted by her brother."

Dhir is believed to have told the police that her domestic help was suffering from "schizophrenia and psychosis". Ibnlive

Dhir is believed to have told the police that her domestic help was suffering from "schizophrenia and psychosis". Ibnlive

The victim's statement, recorded before a magistrate yesterday evening, was submitted by the police to the court today. The statement is believed to carry extremely disturbing details of the physical and mental abuse inflicted on her.

The victim is believed to have testified that on one occasion she was forced to drink urine, beaten with the brooms that were used to clean the toilet, not allowed to use the bathroom inside the house regularly, forced to remain in a half-naked state and beaten with hot pans.

A second statement by the victim, recorded before a sub-divisional magistrate, reportedly indicates that Dhir violated labour laws. The victim allegedly told the SDM that she worked from 6 am to 10 pm at Dhir's house. Also, the agreed salary (Rs 4000 per month fixed between agent and Dhir), which was never paid to her, is below Delhi's minimum wage rate, which is around Rs 7,700 for unskilled labour.

The police informed the court today that the mental condition of victim was normal and that the prescriptions connected with the victim's treatment that were recovered from Dhir's house were for pain killers.

Dhir is believed to have told the police that her domestic help was suffering from "schizophrenia and psychosis". Her lawyer had told the court on Friday that the girl was under medication and that the prescriptions bore the name of a medicine given to "people with poor mental condition".

As per the results of the bone ossification test, which came today, the victim is not a minor and "radiological age is between age 18 and 20 years."

Dhir's lawyer continued his arguments today for his client's bail on the grounds that since the police investigation was almost complete, there was no apprehension of Dhir tampering with evidence or influencing the investigation at this stage. He also refuted the non-bailable charge against his client of "causing grievous hurt using dangerous weapon" as being unfounded.

Dhir has been charged with sections of Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), attempt to murder, trafficking and sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

The police opposed Dhir's bail on the grounds that the victim has been beaten, harassed, atrocities committed against her and that facts of the case were yet to be verified and that the investigation was ongoing.

The court's order on bail will be delivered on Monday.

Dhir is a former senior employee of a French multinational company and a resident of Vasant Kunj. She is facing serious charges of using dangerous weapons to cause grievous hurt on a young tribal girl from Jharkhand whom she had employed as a domestic help through a placement agency in June. She was arrested on Tuesday and was sent 14 day judicial custody on Wednesday.

The placement agent, Dorothy, through whom Dhir employed the girl was arrested on Thursday and has been sent to judicial custody till 7 October.

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