The child, a resident of Nayani village in Haimchar upazila, Chandpur, had been employed at Faruk-Moni residence and had been subjected to barbaric torture for nearly a year, her mother told the Dhaka Tribune.
Sources close to the victim’s family said she was taken to Gazipur by her relative Mostafa Sardar at the residence of his sister-in-law Moni over a year ago.
Shortly after she arrived at her employers’ house, they started beating her black and blue, the victim told the Dhaka Tribune at Haimchar Upazila Health Complex in Chandpur yesterday.
“They burned me with iron and would let me eat one meal every two days.”
Her mother said: “Mostafa took my daughter to his sister-in-law’s house assuring me that she would have a good life there. Since he took her, I tried to see her several times, but they did not let me. Then on Wednesday evening, Mostafa left my unconscious daughter in front of my house. I went to the upazila chairman immediately, who helped me get my daughter treatment and get the culprits arrested.”
Chandpur Superintendent of Police Shamsunnahar, who visited the child at the hospital, told the Dhaka Tribune: “There are bruises and scars all over the child’s body. She is clearly traumatised and gets agitated when she sees a crowd. But she is talking to her family members now.”
Dr Dipon Dey, who attended the victim at the health complex, said: “She is in a critical state. Authorities are taking initiative to transfer her to Chandpur Sadar Hospital for better treatment.”
Haimchar upazila parishad Chairman Md Nur Hossain Patwari said: “I have never seen something so barbaric in my life. I contacted police right after her mother came to me for help and helped her to file a case. I am working to ensure that the culprits involved get exemplary punishment.”