4 minors among 5 girls rescued

Devesh K. Pandey

NEW DELHI: Five girls, including four minors, who were allegedly trafficked into the Capital from Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar have been rescued at New Delhi railway station by non-government organisation Shakti Vahini. The minor girls were produced before the Child Welfare Committee that sent them to Nirmal Chhaya.

Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini said three of the girls were rescued around 3-30 a.m. “One of them, who hails from Orissa, was first taken to Ranchi where she was criminally assaulted by one Kuldeep. The other two victims, one of whom is 20 years, are from Jharkhand. They were brought to the Capital from Ranchi by Kuldeep, who runs a placement agency,” he said, adding that the accused managed to escape. Kuldeep had brought the victims on the pretext of providing jobs to them.

The other two girls, who hail from Siwan in Bihar, were also rescued at New Delhi railway station around 5-30 a.m. The five were first produced before the Government Railway Police for necessary legal action. “We have sought proper assistance from the railway police in carrying out investigations as trafficking of minors through trains is on the rise,” said Mr. Kant, adding that efforts were being made to locate the placement agency being run by Kuldeep. Mr. Kant said in the past 45 days, the organisation has rescued 29 minors at New Delhi railway station. Among those rescued were two Bangladeshi boys, who were trafficked into the country and sent to the Capital on board the Poorva Express.



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