The Hindu , 18 June 2007
A young woman allegedly trafficked from West Bengal and pushed into the flesh trade in the Capital was found murdered at Govindpuri here earlier this month. The police have arrested one of the accused and have launched a hunt for the other.
The victim was a resident of Nadia in West Bengal. Her body was found stuffed in a wooden box on June 7. The police zeroed in on one Shankar Ghosh, who was earlier arrested along with three young women. The accused was traced to Chittaranjan Park and arrested on Saturday.
During interrogation, he purportedly confessed to having murdered the victim as she had been insisting on going back home. The victim had been brought here by a tout named Raju on the pretext of providing her a job. She was “sold” to Shankar who allegedly pushed her into the flesh trade.
The victim recently fell ill and started pestering Shankar to let her go back to her native place, at which he allegedly decided to kill her. He along with his accomplice Virender allegedly murdered her and fled from the scene. A team sent to Virender’s native place in Jharkhand has returned empty handed. A hunt is on for him.
According to Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini, a non-government organisation spreading awareness against human trafficking, over 2,000 small and big “domestic help” agencies operate from just Kalkaji, most of which indulge in human trafficking. A large number of girls and women are trafficked from West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and other States through these unscrupulous agencies and are abused.