Girl escapes from clutter of prostitution

AKOLA: A gang of four persons, including a couple, were arrested on Monday for pushing a 17-year-old minor girl from Bangladesh into prostitution and sexually assaulting her for two months.

Ashish Dhumal (22), a resident of Vishwakarma Nagar, Nagpur, Rani Mohd Afsar (22) of Hakimpur, Shrikrishna Bhakre (24) and his wife Durge (21), residents of Vitthal Nagar Lahan Umri near here, were arrested. Offences have been registered under sections 376, 366 of Indian Penal Code and sections 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). They have been charged with rape and purchasing the girl for prostitution and remanded to police custody for a week.

The illegal flesh trade came to light when the girl managed to escape from the custody of the accused and took shelter at a nearby house. Harrowingly, she was forced to fulfill the sexual desire of 10 persons here. When she narrated the incident, the woman who had given her protection, took her to a police station and the racket was busted.

The girl was shifted from one place to another on contract basis by those who purchased her from the partners in the crime. The girl was first sold to Subrato for Rs 30 at Dhaka in Bangladesh on December 27 last year. She was then purchased at Kolkata railway station by Sonu who took her to Surat in Gujarat and earned lakhs of rupees. Sonu then handed her over to Krishna at Thane. Krishna too earned money by forcing her into prostitution. Then Krishna struck a deal with Dhumal who purchased her for 17 days on contract. Dhumal brought her to Akola and handed her over to Bhakre of Lahan Umri here.

Before she managed to escape, she was badly beaten up and forced to fulfill the sexual desire of 10 persons on March 4. After her physical examination was conducted on Tuesday, offences under PITA were slapped on the accused. The matter is being probed.



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