Seema Patra, the suspended BJP leader from Jharkhand, has been arrested by Ranchi police for allegedly torturing her domestic helper, officials said today.
The BJP suspended Seema Patra on Tuesday after a video of the housemaid, accusing her of being tortured, went viral.
Ms. Patra is a member of the national working committee of the BJP women’s wing and her husband, Maheshwar Patra, is a retired IAS officer.
In the video, the domestic helper, Sunita, is seen on a hospital bed with wounds on her body and face. The 29-year-old has accused the BJP leader of being suspended for brutally imprisoning and torturing her.
Sunita alleges that she was beaten by Mrs. Patra with a stick and an iron pan. She was also forced to lick urine on the floor. Sunita alleges: “She also used an iron to break my teeth.
The woman said it was Patra’s son Ayushman who helped her.
Sunita was saved last week after Ayushman recounted his plight to a friend and asked him for help. His friend Vivek Anand Baskey, Station Officer at the Bureau of Administrative Reform and Officers, later registered a complaint with the police.
After rescuing the little girl from Patras’ home, police took her to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for treatment, officials said.
According to reports, Ms. Patra admitted her son to the Ranchi Allied and Neuroscience Institute when she strongly suggested that he was trying to help the family.
Sunita’s videos, which are now widely circulated, have generated strong reactions. Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais also met with Superintendent of Police Neeraj Sinha yesterday and expressed “grave concern” about the delay in action against the suspended BJP leader.