The Uttarakhand High Court has notified a Lower Court Judge’s dismissal from service for allegedly torturing a minor girl (13-year-old) who worked as a domestic help at her residence in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
Accepting a full Bench resolution by the Uttarakhand High Court and the recommendation of the State Government, the Uttarakhand government has declared the dismissal of Deepali Sharma, a Civil Judge, for her act of cruelty to her minor domestic help.
The Government, on October 20th, notified that it had decided to dismiss the Civil Judge from service. She was earlier under suspension, after serving as a Civil Judge (Senior Division).
The Uttarakhand High Court’s notification dated October 21st refers to the Government Notification. The Notification states that following the Full Bench decision to the effect, the Home Department has passed the order of dismissal, for which approval was granted by the State Governor Baby Rani Maurya.
It has been informed that the 13-year-old girl worked at Deepali Sharma’s residence in Haridwar as a domestic help from the years 2015 to 2018.
The police conducted a raid at Sharma’s Haridwar residence in January 2018, pursuant to an order of the Uttarakhand High Court
The raid revealed several injury marks on the girl’s body.
Subsequently, the girl was rescued and a charge sheet was filed against Sharma which led to her suspension about a month later. Sharma was under suspension since February 2018 in connection with this case.
The High Court had intervened in the matter on the basis of a report submitted to the court by the Haridwar District Judge Rajendra Singh, about the alleged torture of the girl at Sharma’s residence.