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8-Year-Old Domestic Helper In Lahore Tortured For ‘Stealing Milk’

An eight-year-old domestic worker was denied food for five days by her employer and later brutally beaten up for ‘stealing’ milk in Lahore’s Wapda Town.

DAWN reported that the victim, identified as Sana, was rescued by Punjab Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) on Thursday and was found to have severe marks of physical torture on her body. The CPWB was alerted through a call on their helpline 1121.

Sana was working at Hammad Raza’s home in Wapda Town and was allegedly punished frequently by her employers.

Chairperson CPWB Sarah Ahmed said that Sana had been working for seven months at Hammad Raza’s house for Rs5,000 a month. She said that upon her rescue it was noted that there were injuries on her hands and feet and burn marks on her neck and back.

“The child was beaten up on the allegation of stealing milk. She had been kept hungry for the past five days. The victim’s parents have been informed. After the child is presented in a court, a medical examination will be done as per court order, and an FIR will be lodged in police station,” the chairperson told the newspaper.

She added that there were marks of torture on the entire body of child and her limbs were swollen because of being beaten while there was a deep gash on her wrist done by a knife. “On the back of her neck, she had been scalded with hot water. Her employers had slashed her stomach with a heated knife and her ankles were bruised from being beaten with a stick.”

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