A 10-year-old girl who was allegedly purchased for her labour and kept tied up has been rescued by police from a home in Hyderabad, India.
Indian news site NDTV claims the girl was purchased for 10,000 Indian rupees - just £118 - by a couple working in the tech sector to look after their young children.
An activist claims she was taken from her home in Maharashtra after the purchase and, when she arrived at her new home, she was kept locked inside. When she tried talking to a passer-by, the couple proceeded to tie her up as punishment.
The girl told police she was provided just one meal a day and beaten on a regular basis, before neighbours eventually discovered her and alerted an activist, who in turn alerted the police.
However the couple claim they took the girl to provide her with medical care, and had no intention of forcing her into a life of domestic servitude.
''We brought her only about a week ago for medical treatment in the teeth and asthma,'' one of the couple, identified as Sangeetha, said.
''Her father will come in four days and take her away.''
It is unclear what charges, if any, the couple will now face.