New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday, suspended its leader Seema Patra from Jharkhand after allegations emerged against her that she had brutally tortured and inhumanely treated her domestic worker. Patra is on the national working committee of the BJP’s women’s wing. Her husband, Maheshwar Patra, is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. According to her Facebook profile, Patra is the state convenor of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign.
In several videos that emerged online, the 29-year-old worker, Sunita, narrates with horror from a hospital bed that she was beaten up with a hot Tawa and rods, and was made to lick urine off the floor. She speaks through her pain and there are visible injury marks on her body. She is unable to sit up, and her teeth are smashed out.
The images sparked outrage among the general public, with one person calling for Seema Patra’s immediate arrest. Deepak Prakash, the president of the Jharkhand BJP, commanded action against Patra.
The woman’s sister and brother-in-law had been reportedly informed of her suffering, but they refused to take her in. According to NDTV, it was Patra’s son Ayushman who narrated Sunita’s situation to a friend and asked him for help. His friend then registered a police complaint, following which Sunita was rescued.
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi and Telangana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) slammed the BJP for Seema Patra’s torture of Sunita. Priyanka Chaturvedi in a tweet wrote, “A maid who was working at BJP leader Seema Patra’s house, suffered dozens of injuries on her body after she was allegedly burnt with a hot pan by her owner. This is horrifying and shameful. What power trip are these BJP leaders on?”
While, TRS leader sharing the video said, “This is how BJP National Working Committee leader Seema Patra tortured a tribal girl for 8 years … “