Sunita was rescued last week after Seema Patra’s son Ayushman, apparently disturbed by the abuse, confided in a friend, shared videos and asked him to help.
A suspended BJP leader accused of torturing her domestic help at her Jharkhand home, even smashing her teeth with an iron rod and starving her, was arrested this morning.
Seema Patra was caught after her son revealed the horrific abuse to his friend, a government officer, and asked for help.
While being led away by the police, she told the media she was framed. “I am innocent,” she said.
Seema Patra allegedly admitted her son to a hospital for exposing her. “He was unwell,” she claimed when asked why her son was in hospital.
She has been sent to the judicial custody for 14 days.
The BJP suspended Seema Patra on Tuesday after a video of her domestic help accusing her of torture went viral. The party said a committee has been constituted to probe the incident.
Ms Patra was a member of the national working committee of the BJP’s women wing and her husband, Maheshwar Patra, is a retired IAS officer.
Sunita, the help, had been working for her for 10 years.
In the video, Sunita is seen on a hospital bed with wounds on her body and face. The 29-year-old woman could barely speak as she alleged that she was held captive, tortured and beaten with rods and an iron pan. Many of her teeth were missing and she couldn’t sit up.