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Indian maid beaten, burnt and shamed in upscale New Delhi home

Police say the teenager had been tortured by her employer, a 50-year-old Indian woman working for a French multinational.

NEW DELHI // A teenage Indian maid rescued last week with horrific injuries has alleged her employer forced her to drink urine, kept her naked in the bathroom and burnt her with a frying pan.

The young woman spoke to the media on Friday after being rescued by police from a home in an upscale New Delhi neighbourhood following complaints by neighbours.

Police said the teenager had been tortured by her employer, a 50-year-old Indian woman working for a French multinational.

The woman “forced me to drink urine, kept me naked in the bathroom and would singe me with a frying pan and hit me with a broom,” the maid told The Hindustan Times.

“She would laugh after beating me.”

The girl also said her nails were pulled out and a piece of paper on which she had written down the telephone numbers of her relatives had been torn up, The Indian Express reported.

After her rescue last week, social rights campaigners said she had been slashed with knives and mauled by dogs.

The girl’s account has focused the spotlight on abuse of domestic servants, including children.

The employees are sometimes trafficked from remote and poverty-stricken states to urban centres and toil for long hours in homes for little and or no pay.

The teenager, who was initially reported to be 15 but is around 18 according to police, spoke to journalists in hospital where she is recovering from multiple injuries, including a deep gash on her head.

The maid recounted her ordeal in detail after being reunited with her mother on Friday.

The girl, from the impoverished state of Jharkhand, told police after her rescue that she had been working for her employers for the past year.

Social-rights activists who assisted in the police rescue said she was slashed with knives and mauled by five dogs kept as pets by her employer who lived with her 85-year-old mother in the house.

The employer, who has been arrested and is facing charges of illegal confinement and assault, has denied the allegations and has accused the teenager of being mentally unstable.

Charges would not be pressed against the employer’s elderly mother on account of her age, police said.

* Agence France-Presse