Thursday, May 23, 2013
Girl trafficking: Three Chhattisgarh girls rescued from New Delhi
The girls aged 14, 15 and 18 years, went to New Delhi when their relatives either luring them with good money and better living conditions or took advantage of their pitiable circumstances. One of these girls had lost her father and her house was demolished in an attack.
"The girl aged 18 now was a minor when she was sent to Delhi," police said. Condition of the rescued girls is said to be normal and as of now they haven't revealed anything about abuse or exploitation. "It will only be known after quizzing them during counseling," a police official said. One of the girls, belonging to Tapkara block, went to New Delhi five years ago and the other two who are from Kansabel went there three years and one and a half years ago respectively.
According to police, the issue came to fore last week when another 14-year-old girl returned to Jashpur after working for two years in New Delhi and informed the police about how one of her friends was sold for Rs 45,000 by three local persons named Anil Tirke, Augustine and Anand.
Police somehow managed to nab Anil and Anand while the third remains at large. "A team was then sent to New Delhi with Anand to rescue the girl and it came as a shock when there were two more girls sent by the accused. During interrogation, Anand has accepted that they used to get Rs 10,000 for each girl sold. We have received information that Augustine has been arrested by other state police on the same grounds," police said.
Talking to TOI, superintendent of police, Jashpur, Manish Sharma said, "Police have rescued girls from Uttam Nagar, Punjabi Bagh and Pashchim Vihar areas. We have been sending a police team every month to New Delhi to track missing children and those who had gone voluntarily for providing their services as domestic help. In the last three years, more than 250 children, all belonging to very poor families, have been rescued from Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttarakhand and maximum from New Delhi."
TOI spoke to one of the girls over telephone and she said, "My uncle took me to Delhi luring me with good money to build my house which was demolished by elephants. As my father died four years ago, I had to look after my siblings too and I agreed on the condition that I would work in nearby Raigarh district. But without my knowledge, he took me to Delhi for a mere monthly payment of Rs 2,000. I used to work for 14 hours everyday." Another victim doesn't have any idea about what was her payment and said that her agent used to collect the money.
Police said that the girls would be handed over to their families after a brief interrogation. TOI REPORT
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