Hundreds of angry villagers threw stones outside a housing society in Noida near Delhi this morning alleging that a young woman employed as domestic help in one of the apartments was held captive overnight and beaten up by her employers because they suspected her of stealing money.
The 26-year-old woman's husband has filed a first information report or FIR with the Noida police against the employers, a couple who live in the apartment with their seven-year-old son. Her family said that when she did not return home all day yesterday and in the night, they gathered their neighbours and arrived at the housing society Mahagun Moderne in Sector 78 of Noida.
It is not clear where the woman, who has now been taken to hospital, was found this morning. Some of the villagers have alleged that she was locked in the boot of a car through the night, a charge that her employers vehemently deny.
The employers have alleged in a statement that the domestic help, who works in several other apartments in the complex too, stole 10,000 rupees and admitted that she had taken the money. They alleged that when they threatened to inform the housing society's office she ran away, leaving behind her phone.
In the morning, they said they were attacked by the villagers. "They entered in my house by breaking the door glass. It was terrifying. It's about our life and I am afraid about the safety of my family and kid," the statement said.
The woman's family alleges that she had not been paid by her employers.
More than 200 people, many of who also work as domestic help in housing complexes near their village, protested this morning and engaged in a scuffle with security guards who attempted to keep them out. The protesters broke the glass of the facility office, witnesses said.
The woman's employers were escorted out of the housing complex by security guards and have been moved to an undisclosed location with permission from the police.
The protests ended after police pacified the crowd and appealed for peace.