The Ranchi Police have detained Seema Patra, the leader suspended by the BJP, amid considerable outrage over claims that she tortured her domestic help. “She has been placed under arrest. Other formalities are being performed,” Superintendent of police for Ranchi, Kishor Kaushal, stated. Patra, whose age is estimated to be in the mid-60s, will be produced in court later on the day. The action was taken the next day after the governor of Jharkhand demanded that the state’s DGP submit a report on the case within two days. Patra is married to a former IAS officer.
Where is Humanity?
On August 31st, the Ranchi police detained Seema Patra after discovering that the domestic helper had been severely tortured. Patra was detained because her son informed a friend who works for the government, who then alerted the police. Ayushman, Patra’s son, made a panicked call to Vivek Baskey, a friend of his, on August 2nd, requesting help for a tribal girl trapped inside his house. “On August 2nd at 1:15 a.m., it was close to midnight. When he called, he used an extremely high pitch in his voice. Please save that girl, Baskey: he was pleading with me.” In his account, Seema Patra was horrendously abusing her; Vivek Baskey spoke to NDTV.
“At the same time, the mother (Seema Patra) contacted, claiming that her son Ayushman was acting violently and wasn’t in a healthy mental state. And you must take action,” said Baskey. Baskey stated he wasn’t allowed to enter their house after arriving there. Seema Patra angrily refuted having talked to Baskey. The friend who is now the complainant claims that sending her son Ayushman to a mental health facility may have been an attempt by the mother to defend herself.
The FIR claims that on August 18th, Ayushman called Rashmi George, the wife of Baskey, and once more discussed the assault against the helper. “He begged that since I (Baskey) and the maid are both tribal, the rescue will be doable… He claimed that his mother also intended to send her maid, who had urinated and feces in her clothes and was in poor health, to Varanasi to be evicted. He claimed that his mother might have wrapped the maid in a blanket and thrown her by the roadside or at any other remote location,” according to the FIR.
The FIR states that on August 21st, Baskey received a call from Patra informing her that her son had become violent and was being brought to the Institute with the assistance of the police. The FIR, however, claimed that as soon as the call ended, Ayushman texted Baskey’s wife, saying, “Help Sunita. I was arrested by my mum. Please save me and also assist her in getting home.” Sunita’s video statement, in which she can be seen covered in burn wounds and bruises, quickly went viral online, bringing widespread attention to the issue. Patra has been charged by the police with violating the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and IPC sections 323 (willful infliction of harm), 325 (grievous harm), 346 (wrongful imprisonment), and 374 (unlawful compulsory labor).
The Nations Shames Seema Patra
Maheshwar Patra’s wife was not only a member of the BJP’s women’s national working committee, but she also oversaw the party’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign in Jharkhand. Maheshwar Patra was a former IAS officer. According to sources, she allegedly held the woman captive in her home for several years in Ranchi’s Ashok Nagar neighborhood.
According to the authorities, the victim, a Gumla native, was employed by Seema eight years ago as a domestic helper. The arrest of Seema was confirmed by Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Kaushal Kishore. “She was out of the city and was taken into custody on Wednesday morning when she got home. Until September 12th, she has been remanded in detention”, according to Kishore. The National Commission for Women mandated action against Seema on Tuesday. An official statement from the NCW read, “The brutality performed on the victim is an exceedingly unsettling, and such act of violence against a human is disgusting.”
In addition to requesting a fair and timely inquiry, NCW chairman Rekha Sharma asked for the director-general of police in Jharkhand to arrest the accused if the charges were proved accurate. Additionally, it has asked for the victim’s finest medical care and requested that she receive safe rehabilitation from the authorities.