Balurghat girl brought back from Gurgaon Back home, teen thanks employer

THE TELEGRAPH

Balurghat, June 20: A 14-year-old girl trafficked away from here three years ago has been rescued from Gurgaon after the woman in whose house she had been working got in touch with police. The Balurghat-based Society for Participatory Action and Reflection, an NGO, brought Sujata (name changed) back to her home at Fatepur last night. The NGO members had taken the girl’s mother Sonamoni Tudu along with them to Gurgaon in Haryana.

Sonamani today lodged a written complaint with Balurghat police station accusing Sunil, reportedly a resident of Bansihari, of kidnapping her daughter three years ago by luring her with the offer of a lucrative job.

Sujata, frustrated with her father’s alleged regular torture on her mother for money, had decided to contribute to the family income and had home with a neighbour in 2008 to look for a job. The woman, her neighbour, took her to Sunil in Balurghat town, 8km away. Sujata met some other girls there who were getting ready to leave the state for “better opportunities”.

After a few days, Sujata with five-six girls left Balurghat in an express train. After two days’ ride, they reached, what later Sujata realised was Gurgaon. She was engaged in a house as a domestic help in Gurgaon.

The day’s work over, Sujata used to return to a slum where she used to stay with Sunil and his accomplice Sefali. They used to assure her that her wages were being kept with them and it would be given to her when she returned home.“But they never allowed me to come back home. I learnt that they had saved over Rs 30,000 from my wages during the past three years,” Sujata said.

In February this year Sujata joined as a domestic help in the house of one Namrata Sen.

“One day I narrated my plight in the hands of Sunil and Sujata to that kind lady. I told her that Sunil used to force me to sleep with him regularly. The lady then took me to the local police station and I could lodge a written complaint,” Sujata said.

The Gurgaon police then got in touch with the Delhi-based NGO, Shakti Bahini. It contacted the district magistrate of South Dinajpur, who, in turn, referred the matter to district welfare officer Bhaskar Basu. Basu entrusted the Balurghat-based SPA to bring the girl back. The team had left for Gurgaon on June 12.

South Dinajpur police chief Swapan Banerjee Purnapatra said efforts were on to arrest Sunil.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110621/jsp/siliguri/story_14137181.jsp

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