Court orders closure of brothel after rescue of minor girl

Shakti Vahini Conviction
By AKANSHA JAIN – PUBLISHED IN THE HINDU

10-year jail for two women who forced girl into prostitution

Coming across the case of a minor girl who was sold to a woman running a brothel here for prostitution, a court here has given the Delhi Police seven days to close down the brothel.

Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja, who presides over the fast track court for trying cases of sexual offences against women, passed the order while handing down a 10-year jail term to two women who had paid Rs.30,000 for the girl and forced her into prostitution at their brothel in G.B. Road.

“I deem it appropriate to exercise my powers under Section 18 of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act (Magistrate’s power to order closure of brothel and eviction of offenders) and direct closure of the said brothel,” the court said.

“SHO of Kamla Market police station shall evict the occupiers of the said brothel within seven days,” the ASJ ordered.

It also directed the two convicts, Sheetal and Rekha, to pay Rs.35,000 each to be paid to the victim as compensation.

The Delhi Legal Services Authority was also directed to recommend suitable compensation to the victim.

The girl was rescued from the brothel on February 28, 2012, by the staff of NGO Shakti Vahini and the police. A raiding party reached the brothel where the victim came forward and recorded her statement. She said she is a native of West Bengal where her father works as a contractor for building bus stands.

The girl said she had studied up to Class IX. She developed friendship with a boy, Raju, who made a false promise of marriage.

Raju introduced her to a woman who brought her to Delhi and made her stay at Majnu Ka Tila for a week. Raju had promised to join her in Delhi in three days but never turned up. The woman then took her to G.B. Road and sold her off to Sheetal for Rs.30,000. The girl said she was beaten up by Sheetal and Rekha to establish physical relations with customers.

Minor among eight girls rescued from an ‘almirah’ in brothel

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Eight girls, including a minor, were rescued from a brothel on GB Road in a joint operation by the Delhi Police and NGO Shakti Vahini on Saturday.

Senior police officers said a woman identified as Padma has been arrested. The girls, who are from West Bengal, were allegedly trafficked to Delhi after being lured on the pretext of marriage.

The Delhi Police confirmed the raid and said the girls were hidden in a “hollowed out almirah”. “They were hidden in an almirah which had been modified to make a hiding place. Seven girls have been sent to Nari Niketan, while the minor girl has been sent to a protection home,” an officer said.

Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini said, “The father of one of the girls, who is a minor, contacted us and said his daughter was being forced into the sex trade at a brothel on GB Road. Last week, we raided the place, but could not find his daughter. However, she found a way to get a message to him that she had seen him there, but could not reach out to him out of fear. When we raided the brothel again, we found her, as well as seven other girls, who are above 18 years of age.”

“We will write to the DGP, West Bengal, and the Ministry of Home Affairs to ask for an enquiry into the trafficking of women from West Bengal,” Kant said.

Minor sex worker “sold as bride” by live-in partner

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The story of a 16-year-old girl rescued from a village in Haryana, notorious for its skewed sex ratio, is intertwined with the life of Siddhartha. He was arrested on Sunday in connection with a robbery case.

Hailing from a poor family, the girl entered the flesh trade while barely a teen. As a sex worker, she came in contact with Siddhartha, who, after living with her for over a year, sold her off. The buyer, a Mahendragarh resident, paid Rs.80,000 for his “bride”.

Siddhartha purportedly roped in his brother Rahul, who was also arrested on Sunday, to execute the “sale”.

Two women — Mona from Delhi and Kamlesh from Haryana — were also involved in the deal.

According to the police, the deal was struck with the girl’s consent. Siddhartha convinced her that if she stole money from her “groom” Suresh, it would end their financial woes. The naive girl fell for this.

The plan, however, backfired when Suresh sensed his bride’s intentions and confined her. Siddhartha made a valiant attempt to go to Mahendragarh to rescue her, but he was outdone by Suresh’s family, which had more muscle.

Having exhausted all his options, Siddhartha approached the police to report her “abduction”.

On the first day of this year, Siddhartha walked into the Hauz Khas police station and reported her missing since December 8. The police initially quizzed him about the delay in reporting, but he said the girl had gone to live with Mona, a common acquaintance.

“He told us that it was only after Mona stopped answering his calls that he thought of seeking help,” said a police officer.

Investigations later revealed that Siddhartha himself was involved in the sale, but absconded before the police could question him.

Other vital clues ultimately led the police to Mahendragarh, from where they rescued the girl and arrested both Suresh and Kamlesh.

Following her rescue, the girl purportedly told the police that her parents migrated from Bihar to Dwarka here when she was a child. Frequent quarrels between her parents led them to separate and she went to live with her mother. Devoid of any maternal attention, she quit her studies and left home.

“Her only refuge was prostitution,” the officer said.

Woman gets 10 years in jail for trafficking, forcing girl into prostitution

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NEW DELHI: Expressing serious concern over the rising “menace” of human trafficking in the country, a trial court has urged Delhi Police to make “sincere efforts” to crack its whip on perpetrators of this trade.

The court made these observations while sentencing a woman to jail for 10 years for forcing a girl into prostitution after she was trafficked to the capital from a village in West Bengal. “The menace of human trafficking is on the rise and needs to be curbed. It requires sincere efforts by the police, failing which many other victims of human trafficking are likely to meet the same fate, as the victim in the present case,” said additional sessions judge Kaveri Baweja while convicting Padma under sections of Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and wrongfully confining or keeping an abducted person.

While holding Padma guilty, the court pulled up the police for failing to arrest two men, who allegedly brought the victim from her native village in West Bengal to the capital in 2010. “It may also be pertinent to mention that as per the chargesheet, no efforts appear to have been made by the investigating agency to apprehend the two boys, who allegedly brought the victim to Delhi from her native village in West Bengal,” the court said.

While directing that a copy of the order be sent to the DCP, the court directed him to “look into the matter and ensure that officials functioning under him make all possible endeavours to apprehend offenders who get away by committing this heinous crime of human trafficking”. It also sought a compliance report on the same from the police.

The girl was rescued from a brothel on GB Road after a raid on August 6, 2010. The raid was conducted after the victim’s mother lodged a case. NGO Shakti Vahini was also called to the spot and the complaint of the victim was recorded.

Even as the convict sought leniency, the court trashed her plea saying, “the convict, in total disregard for the dignity of the victim, subjected her to forceful sexual intercourse and compelled her to do the work of prostitution against her will…The allegations do not, in my opinion, call for any kind of leniency towards her,” the judge said.

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Girl kidnapped for sex trade rescued on Id

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Victim was sold by traffickers in Bengal, reunited with family

The festival of Id brought cheers to the family of 16-year-old Shaiyra (not her real name) who was tracked down to a brothel in West Bengal on Friday, almost 10 months after she was kidnapped by human traffickers from her residence in Hazrat Nizamuddin here on Id-ul-Zuha and sold off to sex traders. The victim, who was subjected to continuous sexual abuse, is being brought to the Capital to be reunited with her family.

It was the third day of Id-ul-Zuha celebrations when Shaiyra vanished from her residence on October 29 last year. “We enquired in the neighbourhood, but there was no trace of her. No one had any information on her whereabouts,” said her brother. The family finally lodged a complaint with the area police station.

When the girl remained missing for almost nine months, the family moved a habeas corpus in the Delhi High Court, which directed the police to take all necessary action to ensure that she was brought before it. The High Court also sought a status report from a senior Delhi Police officer.

While efforts were under way to track down the girl, she made two calls to her family. The calls originated from a mobile phone registered in the name of an Uttar Dinajpur resident in West Bengal.

“However, electronic surveillance by a team from the Hazrat Nizamuddin police station revealed that it was in use at Siliguri in West Bengal. The police team, working in coordination with non-government organisations HAQ and Shakti Vahini, zeroed in on a red-light area named Khalpara in Siliguri. Subsequently, a raid was mounted and the victim was rescued from a brothel. A woman named Noorjahan has also been arrested,” said a Shakti Vahini representative. The victim’s brother was also accompanying the raiding team.

After being rescued, the girl was taken to a local hospital for medical examination. She purportedly disclosed that one Mamta had taken her along with two other girls to West Bengal on the pretext of getting her a job. However, she was later sold off to Noorjahan for Rs.8 lakh. The victim was forced to have sex with over a dozen men everyday and on refusal, would be physically tortured by the brothel owner. “She will be taken to Delhi and produced before the High Court,” said the NGO representative.

‘No one comes to see these girls’

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Right outside the Kamla Market police post on Shraddhanand Marg is a board which displays photographs of women who are missing. They are mostly young girls for whom the police of various States have ostensibly been searching.

The road, infamous as the red light area of Delhi, is pockmarked with buildings which house brothels where many such girls land up. However, hardly ever has a real effort been made to search for them and set them free. Hundreds of girls live there in abhorrent and inhuman conditions, only to be forced to entertain dozens of customers each day. They remain the main source of revenue for their malik , malkin and pimps and are treated no better than pieces of flesh.

‘No one found’

“It is the police from other States which normally provides us with the photographs of the girls who have gone missing and who they suspect could have landed up in the brothels here,” said a beat constable at the post. “But I don’t recall any of these girls ever being found through these photographs, as no one comes to see them.”

The cop insisted that in the years he has been in the area he has only seen subservience from the sex workers towards the kotha owners. “They seldom speak up against them. The main problem the police face here is from the customers, who mostly come drunk, and the pimps as they often pick fights.”

In fact, just last year a beat constable, Vijender, was knifed to death in the area by some customers when he tried to prevent them from attacking a person. As a precaution now, when the constables step out for patrolling duty around G.B. Road they mostly do so in pairs or in groups.

The policeman said the girls rarely complain about being held captive.“It is the NGOs who normally come up with the complaints and then raids are conducted. During raids, we do not face any problem from the brothel owners.”

While the flesh trade taking place in the area is well-known, the Delhi Police confines itself to mere maintenance of law and order and does not interfere in the functioning of the kothas . But while the kotha owners appear to have bought peace with the police, the fact that only about 2,600 of the nearly 3,500 sex workers in the area are registered with health workers speaks volumes about how these women are kept confined and away from the eyes of the law.index.php