BANGALORE: A 13-year-old domestic help was attacked and grievously injured by a techie couple on Friday, police said.
Neekunj Todi and his wife Nafiza Usmani took the girl to Blossoms Hospital in Bommanahalli on Hosur Road, claiming that she had collapsed unconscious after an epileptic fit.
When doctors confronted them about her injury marks, they slipped away.
The Madiwala police swung into action after the hospital called them, and took the couple into custody.
“She had stolen money to buy biscuits,” the police quoted Todi as saying. “And she used to eat food cooked for us when we were not looking,” Todi had said.
Police said the couple also told them they beat her because she would not follow their instructions properly.
According to the police, the couple told them that the girl occasionally suffered epileptic fits and that they had taken her to Nimhans for treatment.
The incident took place at the upmarket St John’s Wood apartment in Sudduguntepalya on the Tavarekere Main Road, near Koramangala.
Todi hails from Assam, while his wife is from Darjeeling. The couple, who have been married since 2011, work for a software firm in Bangalore.
Nafiza had brought the girl from their native town a month ago to live with them.
The police have filed a case of illegal confinement under the Juvenile Justice Act.
When contacted, authorities at Blossoms Hospital said the girl was brought in by the couple at 8.30 am on Friday.
“She bore marks that indicated that she had been tied tightly at the wrists and ankles,” said Dr Chandandas, medical director of Blossoms Hospital. He added that there were cuts on her knees and elbows too.
“She also had a bruised eye and a blood clot on her head,” Dr Chandandas added.
The hospital put her on a ventilator for a while and later sent her to the government-run Vani Vilas Hospital.
Rich, educated, savage
■ On May 1, Electronics City police filed a case against techie couple Lalit Raghav and Deepti, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, for stuffing unshelled raw eggs into a maid’s mouth. They allegedly assaulted her viciously at their swanky apartment. The minor, also from Uttar Pradesh, had run away, fearing for her life
■ On July 8, 2012, a harassed 15-year-old maid committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of her employers’, Rajesh Jain and Kanchana, house in Kumara Park