Girl was forced into prostitution


The teenaged girl who recently got the two-year-old baby admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre was allegedly raped by scores of people after she was pushed into prostitution by a gang led by the man who lived with her at a guest house in Mahipalpur here. The Lajpat Nagar Child Welfare Committee has ordered registration of a separate case against the gang members.

The gory details of the torture the 14-year-old girl was subjected to over the past few months after she fled her father’s home in Sangam Vihar were revealed by her during counselling sessions. The girl, who earlier did not tell the truth because of fear and shame, told her counsellor and a CWC member that she was sexually abused by scores of people.

The girl disclosed that her father remained in jail for eight years for the murder of his nephew in Kalkaji. The victim submitted before the CWC that she had once visited her father, who is presently out on bail, at Tihar Jail.

The young girl alleged that her father was very abusive and would beat her and her mother brutally with sticks and belt. This had become an everyday affair. When her mother passed away, he sent her to an orphanage in Darya Ganj and there he falsely identified himself as her uncle, claiming that her father had died.

Back at her father’s place, the girl could not bear the daily torture and fled home on May 26 last year. A few days later her father got a kidnapping case registered at the Sangam Vihar police station. Claiming that he had raised suspicion about the role of some persons in the case, the father is now accusing the police of not having taken the matter seriously. A terrible misfortune lay ahead for the hapless girl who escaped from an abusive father and ended up being trapped by one Pooja, who lived in the neighbourhood with her husband Sandeep, and allegedly ran a prostitution racket along with her accomplices Arti and Rajkumar who has been identified as Dilshad.

In its order on Tuesday, the CWC said: “It is shocking to know that the child has been subjected to sexual abuse by several persons. She has been used for commercial sexual exploitation by Pooja, Arti, Sandeep and even Dilshad.”

Taken to Etah

The victim was taken to Etah in Uttar Pradesh by Pooja; and Sandeep allegedly raped her for three consecutive days. At Pooja’s residence, she was forced to entertain clients. In her statement, she purportedly disclosed that she was in August last sent to a woman’s residence on “one-week prostitution contract”.

During this period, she alleged that she was abused by almost seven persons every day. The girl alleged that Dilshad would also take her to clients. All the money paid to her allegedly went to Pooja. The victim chose to stay with Dilshad as his behaviour towards her was better compared with the other gang members. Describing the girl as a child in need of care and protection under the Juvenile Justice Act, the CWC has directed the investigating officer to register two cases, one against the father for cruelty and abuse of the child, and the other against Pooja, Sandeep, Arti, Dilshad and the others involved.


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