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11-year-old Indian maid tortured with chillies, police say

Published on Jan 13, 2014 5:55 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - Indian police have arrested a trader for allegedly torturing a 11-year-old maid who was forced to eat chillies which were also rubbed on her body, an official said on Monday, in the latest abuse of domestic servants.

Sarjil Ansari, a 38-year-old napkin seller, was arrested at the weekend and his wife Farhat was being questioned, said an investigating police officer in Thane district neighbouring Mumbai.

The couple bought the girl in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh for 15,000 rupees (S$309) from her parents about a year ago on the pretext that she would be well looked after and given a better education, the officer said, declining to be named.

"They used to regularly torture and beat up the girl. The girl complained that she was forced to eat chillies, which were also applied on her body," he said.

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