Four women ‘abducted’ from rehabilitation centre


HYDERABAD: Four sex workers, under the care of Ujjawala, a rehabilitation centre for human trafficking victims in Ramanthapur, were abducted early on Saturday by a gang of nine persons suspected to be members of a human trafficking network. But, remarkably, police are saying that the four women in question had left voluntarily with the miscreants. Police suspect that the women had prior information about the gang’s plan. They said that, usually, at courts, the victims meet their acquaintances and the four women – Seema, Salina, Zareena and Latha, all between 20 and 24 years of age – might have had been informed about the plan in a similar manner. tnn

They had been sent to the rehabilitation centre four months back after being rescued by police during a raid on a brothel. Seema and Salina are from Mumbai while the other two are from Kolkata.At around 3.30am, watchman Mallaiah, a senior citizen, went to his room, which is across the rehabilitation centre.

At around 4 am, nine persons, armed with rods, went to the centre and broke locks on the gate and doors, police said. The gang members, who were watching the movements of the watchman, bolted the door of the watchman from outside. They entered the premises brandishing rods and started yelling the name of Seema,” Uppal Inspector Laxmi Kantha Reddy said.Meanwhile, Seema and a few others realised that someone came for them. “They (Seema and three other women) immediately packed their bags, opened the doors and fled the place with them,” one of the eye-witnesses at the rehabilitation centre said.

Centre organiser Satyanarayana Reddy was beaten up by locals and a few women organizers. Also, till 3.30 am a police patrol van was near the rehabilitation centre. Based on the complaint given by Anasuya, city president of Ujjwala, a case of abduction and trespass was registered by the Uppal police.According to the inspector, a case was registered under sections 224 (Resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension), 342 (Punishment for wrongful Confinement) and 448 (punishment for house-trespass) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).