Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Cops rescue girl 'sold by parents'
KOLKATA: The Kolkata Police's detective department rescued a 17-year-old girl fromSonagachhi on Wednesday.
The girl, who had allegedly been forced by her parents to join the flesh trade, somehow managed to contact an NGO working in the area. The NGO officials informed police who arrested the girl's parents and are looking for two other women.
Police said the girl hails from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and was brought up by her grandparents. A Class VII dropout, the girl did not suspect anything amiss when her parents, Nabab Singh and Bina Singh, brought her to Kolkata, promising to send her to school. Police said that's how she landed up in the city around six months ago.
But she was in for a rude shock when her parents allegedly sold her to a pimp at Sonagachhi. She was confined in a house owned by two women, Geeta Devi and Rajeswari Devi. She was allegedly tortured when she did not agree to join the flesh trade. Police believe some members of her family are involved in the trade.
A week ago, the girl somehow managed to collect the phone number of an NGO dealing with such distressed girls. "She got the number from one of her clients," said an investigator. The NGO soon found her out and informed police. Officers of Immoral Trafficking section of Kolkata Police raided the house on Tuesday night and the girl was rescued.
After recording her statement, police rounded up her parents. But shortly before the raid, the twowomen who bought the girl and confined her in the house managed to escape. "The girl is still traumatized. She will be sent to a government home," said an officer.