HYDERABAD: A minor girl working as a domestic help for a couple died under suspicious circumstances in their Bachupally house. Borra Aparna (16) made a distress call to her mother on the morning of June 1 before she was found dead complaining of harassment from her employer, a businessman, police said. Aparna hailed from AP’s East Godavari district.
According to police, a half-opened pesticide bottle was found in the room where Aparna was found unconscious on Monday morning. OGH doctors declared her brought dead. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report to find out if she consumed the pesticide. The CCTV camera on the corridor shows she had gone into the room after 8.30 am. The employer found her lying a couple of hours later,” said Bachupally inspector P Jagadeeshwar.
He said, “She did not seem distressed in the footage. However, we are investigating the case from all angles.” A suspicious death case was registered, while an autopsy was conducted on Wednesday.
Arjamma said her daughter was 13 when she was hired by the couple — A Prasad and Sumalatha — who reside on Rajeev Gruhakalpa Road.
“Four days prior to her death, Aparna sounded scared. Whenever I called her in the recent past, she would pester me to take her back home. We even requested the couple to drop her at our relative’s house, but they did not bother,” Arjamma told TOI.
On Monday morning, Aparna called her mom from the watchman’s phone. “She seemed very scared. She said Sumalatha was harassing her and asked us to rescue her. That was the last she spoke to us. The family’s harassment led to my daughter’s death,” she said, crying inconsolably.
Lisee Joseph of National Domestic Workers’ Association questioned the delay in registering a case by police. She said though the incident occurred on Monday morning, a case was registered on Tuesday after she and other activists intervened.
“Cops have failed to register a case for abetment of suicide and add sections of Juvenile Justice Act, SC/ST Atrocities Act and Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act in the FIR against the couple,” she said.
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