Couple arrested for torturing tribal maidservant

Police on Saturday raided the house of a couple at Belpahar, Jharsuguda to arrest them on charges of sexually harassing their tribal maid servant, who is a minor. The couple, however, managed to give police the slip.

The accused, Mukul Singh, an employee of Belpahar-based TRL Krosaki Refractory Limited, and his wife, Archana, from Bihar, had allegedly recorded a nude video of the 16-year-old girl and threatened her of making it public in case she left the house. The matter came to light after the girl managed to flee, and narrated her plight before her parents.

“We have registered a case against the couple basing on the complaint by the victim’s father on Friday,” Brajarajnagar SDPO Chudamani Nayak said on Sunday.

Angry over the incident, locals on Saturday blocked a highway near Belpahar and demanded immediate arrest of the couple. “We have launched a manhunt to nab the couple. A police team has also been sent to their native place in Bihar,” Nayak said.

Police said Singh and his wife had engaged the girl two years back. She was tortured if she failed to do any work, the girl has said in her complaint.

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