'Harassed' teen maid jumps from 9th floor flat

 A teenaged girl who worked as domestic help at an apartment in Mahadevapura, east Bengaluru, fell to her death from the ninth floor of the residential complex on Sunday night.

Security guards at Gopalan Grandeur apartment complex on Hoodi Main Road found the girl, identified as Phuli, a native of Assam, lying in a pool of blood around 9.30 pm on Sunday. They called the apartment office which alerted the police and called an ambulance. The girl was taken to a private hospital where she was declared brought dead. Her body was later shifted to a government hospital for post-mortem.

Phuli had arrived in Bengaluru two years ago through a Delhi-based recruitment agency named Milan Enterprises, her employer — Vishal Mutt, an accountant at an IT company, and his wife, Garima — told the jurisdictional Mahadevapura police. The girl lived in with them.

Police have registered a case of suspicious death under section 174 of the CrPC and are questioning the couple and the neighbours.

Meanwhile, an NGO has claimed that the girl was a minor and a victim of human trafficking. It suggested that she was murdered or driven to suicide due to torture and harassment by her employer.

Narayanaswamy, DCP (Whitefield), said preliminary investigation showed that the girl had not been in touch with her family for the past two years. “There are numerous suspicions. We are exploring all of them,” he said and added that the couple would be booked if their culpability in the suicide was established.

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