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Maid escapes sleazy employer

Bengal police rescued a 16-year-old Simdega maidservant on Tuesday evening from Dum Dum, on Calcutta’s northern fringes after she complained she was molested by her employer, an Air India official.

The girl, who worked for Sunil Hembrome, an officer of audit department of Air India, stayed as a full-time help at his company residence, house No. 3/11 Air India Housing Colony in Dum Dum.

Allegedly molested by Hembrome at noon on Tuesday, she slipped out of his house around 3.30pm. Having her wits about herm she called relatives in Ranchi and Simdega on her cellphone .

Bystanders who saw her crying informed Dum Dum police in the evening. The girl told police that Hembrome molested her and beat her up if she resisted.

Chumma leta, godi mein baithata aur mana karne par marta,” the girl, from Kolebira, Simdega, reportedly said.

The girl as well as one Air India maintenance staff Rajeshwar Prasad Shrivastava contacted The Telegraph office in Ranchi on Tuesday evening.

Staying overnight at Dum Dum thana, she underwent a medical exam on Wednesday.

Declining to name herself, a lady constable at Dum Dum thana confirmed the case, saying an FIR had been registered and Hembrome was in custody since Tuesday night and remanded in police custody for three days on Wednesday.

Police said apart from charges of outrage of modesty and wrongful confinement, stringent sections of the protection of children from sexual offences act have also been slapped against Hembrome.

Investigating officer Prakash Kumar Saha said the protocol — medical exam and recording of her statement at Barrackpore court — was followed. “We have told the Simdega SP Asim Vikrant Minz,” he added.

Minz said her parents would be sent to Calcutta.

The girl was taken to Calcutta two months ago by a broker with her parent’s consent.