NGOs under scanner for child trafficking

NEW DELHI: Two minors trafficked from Assam and West Bengal by placement agents have claimed that they were repeatedly raped in Delhi and later “sold off” or placed as domestic helps in Haryana. These allegations have led the crime branch of Delhi Police and west district police to tighten noose around dubious placement agencies and NGOs operating from west and southwest Delhi.

The incident came to light after NGO Shakti Vahini found a 13-year-old girl from Gurgaon‘s DLF Phase-I on Wednesday. “The girl placed with a Bengali family told her employers how she had been raped after being brought to Delhi from Balurghat in West Bengal. The Gurgaon police made a DD entry and asked us to contact Punjabi Bagh police in Delhi where she was raped,” said Rishikant, a volunteer with the NGO.

This is not the only case of harassment and abuse. Rishikant said that another girl from Jharkhand had been raped in Punjabi Bagh-Shakurpur area in November last year. However, the Punjabi Bagh police denied having recorded the last incident. Another girl was rescued from Karnal by another volunteer Raj Singh Chaudhry. “We rescued the Assamese girl. She was sold for Rs 20,600. We have even recovered a payment slip,” said Chaudhry.

But the police are in denial. The Faridabad police denied a minor maid servant had gone missing from the district even after a West Bengal police team traced the girl from Jalpaiguri in north Bengal to Delhi. “Certain placement agencies are under the scanner but since this is an inter-state trafficking racket, we will need a central agency to monitor these placement cells. It is shocking that these agencies get their licence through the general Shop and Establishment Act,” said a senior crime branch officer.

Earlier, a probe into a fake adoption racket run by a doctor and two NGO workers had led the police to question the existence of several dubious placement agencies who were running their operations through fake NGOs. Cops said that they have found several organizations, especially in west and southwest Delhi. “They adopt rescued minors even when they have no legal status. We are now taking the help of the Child Welfare Committees in identifying these rogues,” said a senior officer investigating the case. He added that NGOs dealing with kidnapped and missing girl children are under ‘special’ focus.

It was while investigating these cases, that the crime branch arrested one Amit alias Mittu who claimed to be running a NGO – Jiwan Sewa EK Prayas – and introduced himself as a reporter. “When we checked his background, we found that he was involved in two murders in Rohtak and Punjab. Upon his release recently, he had snatched a Toyota Corolla from the Palam Vihar area. The accused was arrested from the Dwarka sector 12 area,” said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/NGOs-under-scanner-for-child-trafficking/articleshow/7782764.cms

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