Minor girl used as bride made witness


AHMEDABAD: Crime branch officials said that the phone call made by Shweta to Saleem also revealed that a minor girl, 17 years old, who was married to a boy in Bhavnagar using similar modus operandi would also run away from her in-laws place and reach Mumbai on Sunday. Following the arrests in Ahmedabad, police have also apprehended the minor girl and made her a witness in the case.

The minor revealed to the police that she was based in Mumbai and was forced into flesh trade since she was 12 years old. She was used in the flesh trade for five years after which she was involved in the marriage racket and used to dupe desperate bachelors who paid to get a bride.

Crime branch officials said that investigations have revealed that the gang had 15-17 girls who were being repeatedly sold in marriage only to run away with cash and valuables given during the wedding.

ACP crime branch Mayur Chavda said that more arrests are likely in the case including girls posing as brides as well as other gang members.

“This is an inter-state gang capitalizing on the social situation of scarce brides in the state arising out of skewed sex ratio. We will investigate this case thoroughly and try to reach to other gangs operational in the state as well,” said Chavda.



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