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1, Jun 7, 2012

Wealth, Humanity, and Injustice

Filed under: Crime — admin @ 12:48 am

I read this piece of news on 4/7, “The Delhi child servant scandal that has outraged India, Plight of 13-year-old locked in house while employers went on holiday sparks revulsion.” The perpectrators in this case are Dr Sanjay Verma and Dr Sumita Verma.

“It was the 13-year-old maid’s desperate cries for help that finally alerted neighbours to her plight. She was standing, sobbing, on the balcony of the upmarket Delhi apartment. Her employers had locked her in, she said, and gone on holiday. Finally rescued by a firefighter, she told a tale that prompted a widespread display of national revulsion.”

“Her employers – middle-class doctors Sanjay and Sumita Verma – had “bought” her from an agency, which had in turn bought her from her uncle. She was hungry, she said, because they barely fed her. She received no pay and was regularly beaten. Their latest act of cruelty had been to lock her in and go on holiday to Thailand.”

Stories like this always fill my heart with indignation and make me wonder — how could it be possible that two educated doctors should treat other human beings so inhumanly? Aren’t we supposed to know better than treating others like animals, especially in a religious country like India?

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