The child was reportedly subjected to various types of abuse, including sexual abuse at the house
A Narail court has ordered a housewife, accused of torturing her 10-year-old maid, to jail.
Judge Md. Zahidul Azad of Chief Judicial Court issued the order on Tuesday rejecting her bail plea.
Earlier, the housewife, Sonia, surrendered to the court and sought a bail in a case regarding the torture of her maid Roksana.
Roksana, from Narail’s Lohagara upazila, is struggling for life at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital's (DMCH) burn unit following eight months of torture in a house in Dhaka.
Her body bore signs of torture and injuries. The bed-ridden girl is being provided food and oxygen artificially.
On August 22, the victim’s father Rasel Sheikh filed the case with Lohagara police station, accusing the employer, Ilias Hossain, his wife Sonia and brother Ibrahim of abusing Roksana.
Eight months ago, Roksana went to the house of Ilias on Tipu Sultan Road in Dhaka’s Wari to work as a maid and was reportedly subjected to various types of abuse, including sexual abuse, throughout this period.
At one stage, Roksana became mentally unstable following the torture and the employers took her to Dhaka’s United Hospital.
As her physical condition deteriorated on August 17, the employers handed the victim over to her family.
The victim’s family took her to Narail Sadar Hospital and later she was shifted to DMCH as her condition worsened.
After visiting Roksana in Dhaka, Narail social worker Amirul Islam Litu said, the child is undergoing treatment in the pediatric ICU of DMCH burn unit.
“Her brain has hemorrhaged and the blood has spread in all the tissues of her brain. Doctors are worried that she could die any moment,” he said.
Narail District Lawyers Association President Advocate Golam Nabi pledged to assure that the accused do not get bail. “We want a fair trial of those who committed these atrocities.”
Narail's Superintendent of Police Md. Jashimuddin said, they are looking for the other accused in Dhaka and Munshiganj.