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India: A parliamentarian charged with abusing teen maid

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Police of the tea-and-oil-rich area of Assam stated that state legislator Gopi Nath Das had been hiding himself during early September following his maid charged him of raping her in his car.

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“Gopi Nath Das has been arrested today,” Indrani Baruah, Kamrup district superintended of police, said on Sunday. They added that the accused was apprehended near Guwahati, Assam’s main city, when a police search team raided at three residences.

The legislator, who is in his late 50s, was charged under the Protection of Children form Sexual Offences Act, Baruah added.

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However, Das, who is an MP with the opposition party All India United Democratic Front, has dismissed the charges saying it might be a political conspiracy to slander him ahead of state elections next year, as stated by the police.

Rape cases in India have been on rise for couple of years and reports of employers abusing their domestic workers are not unusual in the country. Not only molestation, but also failure to pay them or not providing them with sufficient food and shelter, and making them work long hours are also cases on inhumanity that are quite common in India.

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