ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave temporary custody of Tayyaba, the child maid allegedly tortured by her employers, to an Islamabad orphanage.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar – who is presiding over the three-member bench hearing the sou moto case – also ordered that the girl be kept away from those claiming to be her parents.

Tayyaba has been sent to Pakistan Sweet Homes, a government-sponsored orphanage.

Last month, the story of brutal torture on 10-year-old Tayyaba for failing to repay a loan of Rs6,000 by the family of an ostensibly educated and civilized sitting judge shocked the nation.

During the hearing, the girl appeared in court along with her alleged parents, Mohammad Azam and Nusrat Bibi. “We have three children, two daughters and one son,” Mohammad Azam told the court.

“We found out on television that she had been tortured,” he added.

During the hearing, the judge ordered that the DNA report be submitted before the court as soon as it is ready.

The judge appointed Islamabad’s Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations to lead the investigative efforts, stopping the Human Rights Commission from conducting investigations. “Whatever happens will happen through the police,” the CJP remarked.

The judge instructed that a report be submitted before the court within ten days and advised the DIG to seek the help of experts while undertaking his investigations.