Seema Patra, the suspended BJP leader from Jharkhand, has been arrested by the Ranchi police for allegedly torturing her household help, officials said today.
The BJP had suspended Seema Patra on Tuesday after a video of her domestic help, accusing her of torture, went viral.
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.
In the video, the household help, Sunita, was seen on a hospital bed with injury marks on her body and face. The 29-year-old woman has accused the suspended BJP leader of holding her captive and brutally torturing her.
Sunita has alleged that she was beaten by Ms Patra with rods and an iron pan. She was also forced to lick urine off the floor. “She also broke my teeth with an iron rod,” Sunita alleged.
The woman said it was Ms Patra’s son Ayushman who had helped her.
Sunita was rescued last week after Ayushman narrated her situation to a friend and asked him to help. His friend, reportedly a government officer, then registered a complaint with the police.
After rescuing her from Patras’ home, the police took her to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for treatment, officials said.