‘Tortured’ 10-year-old maid Tayyaba recovered
Published in Current Affairs on Sunday, January 08, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Police with the help of secret agencies recovered Tayyaba, a ten-year-old maid who was allegedly tortured while working at the residence of an additional sessions judge, from a suburban area of Islamabad.
Tayyaba had mysteriously gone missing after the case was highlighted by Samaa upon which Supreme Court had taken a suo motu action.
The whereabouts of the girl and her parents had become a major issue as the Supreme Court had summoned the child's parents to appear in court.
The apex court had directed police find Tayyaba and carry out full investigation into the case.
The case shocked many after she was recovered from the residence of additional sessions judge.
The child initially told police she'd fallen down the stairs and burnt her hands by accident, Pakistani media reported.
But in a later statement she said that she was beaten and that her hands were burned on the stove by the judge's wife, reports have said, citing police.
Authorities then placed the girl into a women's shelter.
But on Tuesday the child's father told authorities he forgave the judge and his wife, and that his daughter's story was untrue, so no charges were brought, the newspaper reported.
The girl's parents were then reported to have taken her from the women's shelter and disappeared with her.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar demanded the child be found and a full investigation held by next Wednesday.
Current figures detailing the precise scale of child labour in Pakistan are not available. The last official national survey was carried out in 1996, and put the number of working children at 3.3 million.
According to Human Rights Watch, approximately 13 percent of children aged 10 to 14 in Pakistan are engaged in child labour.
There are no surveys on domestic child labour specifically, but Islamabad-based child rights NGO Sparc (Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child) estimates that some 15.5 million children are involved in domestic work. –Samaa/AFP