12-year-old ‘domestic help’ found dead, 2 arrested

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Published: April 25,2021 04:23 PM
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A 12-year-old girl, said to be employed as a domestic help in Nagaon district, was found dead on Thursday, police said, adding that they suspect she was burnt to death by her employers.

April 25, 2021: A 12-year-old girl, said to be employed as a domestic help in Nagaon district, was found dead on Thursday, police said, adding that they suspect she was burnt to death by her employers.



The minor, belonging to neighbouring West Karbi Anglong district, was working as a help at a residence in Roha in Nagaon.



Two people have been arrested for allegedly burning the girl.



“We got initial information from the [employers]...that she [domestic help] had died by suicide. ...after initial investigation, our team found the claim to be suspicious,” said police superintendent Gaurav Abhijit Dilip. “It appears she had been burnt. We also came to know the girl who was just 12 was employed as domestic help. We have arrested two persons...Prakash Borthakur and his son, Nayanmoni Borthakur. Further investigations are underway.”



Police said the girl’s body has been sent for post-mortem.



The girl had been employed as domestic help for five years in violation of the law that prohibits employing children under 14. Her employers allegedly poured kerosene after she requested them to allow her to go home.



In a tweet, Assam police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said: “As per her employer, the girl committed suicide. However, after initial inspection, it is suspected that she was murdered and then burnt. She was also underage to be working as a domestic help. Therefore, two accused were taken to custody immediately. Investigation is on.”