Andhra police rescue Meghalaya girl, victim alleges harassment by employer during lockdown period

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Shillong, April 10:

The Andhra Pradesh police yesterday rescued a 21-year-old girl from Meghalaya, who was allegedly harassed by her employer during the lockdown period.

The girl was rescued after a tip off given by the Meghalaya police and KSU New Delhi unit.

The girl was working in the parlour at the Anees Ladies Beauty Parlour, Hair Spa & Solutions. However, the girl had to stay in the house of the owner of the parlour in view of national lockdown.

When contacted, East Khasi Hills SP, Claudia Lyngwa said that the police were informed about this girl by the KSU New Delhi unit.

"The DGP of Meghalaya, R. Chandranathan had contacted the DGP of Andhra Pradesh to brief about this girl. Following this conversation, the Andhra Pradesh police followed up the case and the girl was rescued from the house of the owner of the parlour," Lyngwa said.

The East Khasi Hills said that the girl had complained that she was being harassed by the house owner adding that the girl is now shifted to a reliable women shelter home by the police. 

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Meanwhile, KSU New Delhi unit vice president, Wallamkupar Nongsiej informed that they had received information about the girl on March 31. "After verifying the matter, we alerted the East Khasi Hills police, Special Branch and the Chief Minister Office (CMO) to help rescue the girl on April 09" Wallamkupar said.

According to him, the owner of the parlour, who provided shelter to her during the lockdown, had allegedly subjected the girl to physical abuse and mental torture.

"The victim had planned of returning home prior to the nation-wide lockdown. But due to the sudden national lockdown she could not return home. The victim had attempted to commit suicide because of the abuse and threats by owner of the parlour," KSU New Delhi unit vice president said.

He informed that the girl has been rescued yesterday by the Andhra Police Official in Vijaywada.

Nongsiej, who is in close contact with the police officials from Patamata Police Station, said that the victim is shifted to the Mahila Mandal Women's Shelter Homecare near Benz Circle, Vijaywada and the investigation on the parlour owner is still going .

According to Nongsiej, there are many other cases and instances where the workers and students from the state are being subjected to such difficulties and other forms of discrimination especially during this lockdown period.

The Khasi Students' Union New Delhi Unit has also received a lot of messages and calls from students of the State who are stranded in various parts of the country. "We have also received complaints that they are being harassed," Wallamkupar added.