Trafficked girl, who was held hostage, escapes


A 20-year-old girl from West Bengal was allegedly trafficked to the Capital on the pretext of providing job, but was sold off to three persons and forced into prostitution around a week ago.

The incident came to light on Tuesday night, when the victim, who was confined and held hostage by the accused, managed to flee and approached the police.

According to the police, the victim, used to live with her family in Guwahati. “She told us that on January 25, one of her distant relatives took her to New Delhi on the pretext of finding a job that pays well,” said a police officer.

The relative, however, sold her off to three persons. They have been identified as Naresh (40), his wife Archana (35) and Raju (26), who live near Liberty Cinema Hall, New Rohtak Road in Central Delhi.

The trio then held the victim captive and forced her into prostitution. They would beat her up whenever she refused. Naresh and Raju even attempted to rape her on a few occasions. They used to keep a close watch to prevent her from escaping.

On Tuesday night, she managed to flee from the room and approached a nearby police control room van. She told the policemen that she was kept confined in a nearby house.

They then took her to the nearby Deshbandhu Gupta Road police station and a case was registered on the basis on her statement.

“We registered a case under provisions of rape and confinement. Subsequently, a raid was carried at the hideout and Naresh and his wife were arrested. Raju was also arrested later,” said a senior police officer.

“We are mulling to slap charges of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against the accused. Once the girl’s statement under Section 164 CrPC is recorded, further Sections would be added into the case accordingly,” he added. The police are now looking for the girl’s distant relative who brought her to the Capital and sold her.

She was brought to Delhi by a relative on the pretext of getting her a job

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