I was having lunch with a girlfriend when i got a few calls from journos and friends telling me I am on TV-breaking news. Suchitra Krishnamoorthi accused of employing a girl below 14-abusing child labour laws! To say i am shocked and hurt is putting it mildly-I am devastated
The reports say a raid was conducted on my residence this morning (some say the raid was conducted 2 months ago)where a child below 14 called Nayantari (or something I’m not sure of the exact name) was rescued from my home by the Labour Department and sent back to her home in Meghalaya. The labour Minister has named me on TV -the television is full of images of me alongside of a 9 year old bruised and abused little girl that was rescued a few days ago from the home of a television actress Urvashi. Black blood bruised eyes and burnt skin
There is nothing more painful than that visual to me-the mother of a 9 year old myself.
About a year ago when a child was tortured and abused by the actress Huma Khan -i made every effort to contact her and rehabilitate her under the aegis of NGO -Saathi. I was very frustrated when all my efforts went waste and that nothing came of it. To date i don’t know what happened to that girl or where she is
Whatever the labour department has said about today me -It is a LIE. I have employed no one below the age of 14 -and certainly no one by the name of Nayantri -not currently and NEVER in the past.
The labour department or police or any other Office has NOT been in contact with me over the matter or visited my home -NEVER. Nor has any NGO been in contact with me-I know no one by this name and have certainly not employed her.
I demand and challenge them to come up with the proof of the heinous accusations they are hurling at me.-my home and my phone line are open to them. As a law abiding citizen I have every right to ask them to furnish me with the evidence they have supposedly gathered against me. Who is this girl? What are they talking about?
I live in a large society and have four other people currently in my employment-surely if someone by this name or face was working with me and staying in my home there are others who would know about it. If the police had visited my home and rescued the girl like the media reports and Nawab Mallik is blatantly lying about-surely there are those in my society that would know. Even my watchmen are shocked about what is going on and the sudden crowd of electronic media in my lobby
The only two times I have been to a police station is once for my passport verification last year and the other time to lodge a complaint against my old maid -Surekha who i found stealing two suitcases of loot from my home.This was in June.
I don’t know who is behind this and why my name is being dragged into it. Whatever the motivation of the people behind this -I am not sure. Maybe its a misunderstanding and the name has been misunderstood-I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and will pause a bit before i decide what further i need to do.
I currently employ 2 girls aged 18. I have registered with 2 maid agencies in the city who provide me maids with verification and identity.
When i first saw the news break out i thought it may be about a maid called Rajmoti I had employed over a month ago. SHe was 16 or 17-sent to me by her sister Sunita who has been working in my dear friend Tanaya’s home for four years. They told me Rajmoti needed a home-she was fresh from her village that didnt even have electricity and were keen for her to stay in the city for a while.
So wondering if the labour laws had changed from 14 to 18-and if that was what the ruccous was all about- i called up her sister Sunita, and asked if they had perhaps been contacted by an NGO or lodged a complaint. They were shocked and assured me that i had done them a favour by taking the girl in and there was no way they would have lodged a complaint and nor has any NGO or labour department contacted them. SO its definitely not Rajmoti-
as for this other girl -Nayantari the labour department is accusing me of employing and abusing -I am not even aware of her existence
So whoever else the labour department is talking about is a figment of their imagination. I am a law abiding citizen and have spent the last few years working towards the betterment of women’s and childrens lives.Not only with my money but with my valuable time energy and love
I am not going to let a lie and a fabricated accusation strip me of everything i stand for, have worked towards and beleive in.
I have faith that the truth with prevail.