A Delhi court today recorded the statement of a 13-year-old girl, who was rescued from a south Delhi locality here after she claimed to have been locked inside the house by her airhostess employer who is now in Australia.
Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thereja recorded the minor's statement after the police had moved an application seeking the court's permission to record the alleged victim's statement by a magistrate under section 164 CrPC.
The girl's statement recorded under Section 164 of CrPC before the magistrate in his chamber would be considered as a confession made during the probe and would be used by the prosecution to support its case in the trial.
The statement recorded by a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC binds the accused/witness against taking any U-turn by her/him during trial and any such act makes her/him liable to be prosecuted on the charge of perjury.
The documents and the file containing the girl's statement recorded during an hour-long in-chamber proceeding was later kept in a sealed envelope.
Source in the Delhi police had said the victim managed to reach the terrace of the Sarojini Nagar apartment in south Delhi by slipping out using a ventilator and sought the help from neighbours. The police roped in an NGO for the rescue.
According to police, the girl, after the rescue on Monday, was produced before the Child Welfare Committee where she had said that she was beaten up several times with a belt, starved and locked inside the house.
Neither she nor her family had been paid for the work. The girl and her employer, who works for Air India, are from Manipur, the police added.
The accused has been booked under sections relating to causing hurt, wrongful confinement, child labour and bonded labour, said the official.
Source in the court said the girl, who has a slight deformity in one eye, has been sent to a shelter home in southeast Delhi and her parents are being informed. Her family lives in Senapati district of Manipur.
They also said the victim's mother used to work for the airhostess' family in Manipur.
The girl was brought to Delhi by the airhostess's sister, who will also be arrested on the charge of trafficking, sources said.
It further said the employer had left on Sunday and was supposed to return on Tuesday.
Based on the girl's statement, the police have registered a case under sections 323 (causing hurt), 340 (wrongful confinement), 370 (slavery), 16 (bonded labour) and 14 (child labour) of IPC at Sarojini Nagar police station here.
It has also booked the accused under the juvenile justice Act.