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.

Girl kidnapped for sex trade rescued on Id

EID RESCUEDEVESH PANDEY IN THE HINDU

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.

Abducted Gurgaon minor rescued from West Bengal

Abducted Gurgaon minor rescued from West Bengal

ASHOK KUMAR IN THE HINDU

First case of reverse trafficking from Haryana to Bengal

A 13-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted from a village here earlier this month has been rescued from Malda in West Bengal. She was rescued by the local police following a tip-off by a non-government organisation, Shakti Vahini.

The girl’s family had lodged a complaint with the police on January 13 stating that she had been abducted by their neighbour, a native of Malda in West Bengal. The complaint said the accused had abducted her on the pretext of marrying her. A First Information Report was registered at Kherki Dhaula police station in this connection.

The NGO took up the matter with the police and also met the victim’s family.

“We then contacted the Malda Police and the girl was rescued from the Habibpur police station area. During counselling the victim revealed that the accused took her along on the pretext of marriage. It is a clear case of human trafficking and the accused probably wanted to sell her,” said Shakti Vahini activist Rishi Kant. The accused has been arrested.

Mr. Kant, who has been working on the issue of human trafficking in Haryana, said it was the first such case of reverse trafficking in which a girl from Haryana was trafficked to West Bengal.

“Every year a large number of girls are being trafficked from West Bengal to Haryana, but this present case is the first instance where the opposite has happened. It could be the tip of an iceberg and hints at the possibility of a reverse trend. In 2011, more than a thousand minors and 2,677 adults had gone missing in Haryana. There is need for strengthening inter-State police and non-government organisations’ partnership to combat human trafficking in the State.”

Brother scripts girls rescue from brothel

DNA INDIAN

Trapped in the usual lure of matrimony, Samina ( name changed) came to the city with Avijit Mali (23) in mid-May. But what followed the rendezvous was the bitter reality of being a victim of a prostitution racket. The story of Samina (name changed) is an unusual one in this usual plot, as her rescue plan was scripted by her own brother and successfully executed by her cousin, who posed as a decoy, and aided by the Thane Crime Branch. Rescued from Kalwa during the wee hours on Saturday, Samina is due to be handed over to the Kolkata police on Monday.

“Having registered the offence with the Barsat police in the Pargana district of West Bengal, Samina’s father and brother came searching for her and got in touch with us. Our team laid a trap with a decoy, got in touch with the girl from whose phone Samina had called clandestinely, and eventually rescued her,” said inspector Madan Manohar Ballal of the Thane crime branch.

DNA spoke to Samina’sSamaritan, who did not wish to be named but braved to recollect the family’s trauma of having almost lost her forever. Just 16, Samina fell prey to the pleasantries of her phone friend Mali and started meeting him. Having gained her confidence after a few meetings, Mali allegedly spiked her tea when she met him on May 17.According to Samina, upon coming to her senses she remembered nothing about how she landed in Mumbai. owever, soon Samina understood Mali’s intention and began protesting his demand of attending customers. The expected result was brutal physical torture and unbearable mental assault.

Usko bahut maara uss ladke aur dalal ne. Itna daag hai uske shareer par ki koi bhi ro dega dekh kar (That boy Mali and the pimp thrashed her leaving upteen number of scars on her body) ,” said her cousin. Giving a recap of her two weeks of horror he said, “A call as customer on the girl whose phone Samina used helped. When we asked her to get a new girl she mentioned Samina, citing her refusal to attend customers.

It was clear that she knew where she was. However, we still met her with another where the police nabbed her and got details of the pimp Dharmendra who operated the racket out of Vipul lodge in Kalyan.”

Dharmendra turned out to be a hard nut to crack, but after misleading us for long he finally led us to the place where Samina was being held,” added Ballal.

“The girl has been kept in the remand home until she undergoes her medical before being allowed to go back home,” said Sharad Barse from Child Line.

Missing girl returns, was abducted, and gang-raped

TIMES OF INDIA

AHMEDABAD: A 12-year-old girl, who went missing from her residence in Juhapura on April 17, has returned home but with tales of harrowing experiences which include gang rape. She returned on Friday night. Owing to the torture marks and abuses she had been put through, the girl was taken to VS hospital immediately for treatment.

There, she said that she was gang raped after being abducted. After this, A complaint was registered at Vejalpur police station and the girl was admitted to the Sola Civil Hospital for treatment and collection of evidence. Police believe the girl was forced into a prostitution racket by a young woman and her two accomplices. All three have been booked for abduction and rape of the minor.

When the incident took place, the victim used to stay in Fatehwadi with her parents, siblings and her grandmother. The girl’s mother died three years back and her father remarried. Her father runs a two-wheeler repair shop. On April 17 she had gone to Juhapura to meet some relatives. But, she never returned home. Her father had then registered a missing person‘s report at Aslali police station. He had also sought help from some non-governmental organizations.  On Friday night, she made a sudden reappearance at her home. Her body bore multiple injuries which pointed towards abuse and torture. The girl’s legs had burn marks which were inflicted when she refused to comply with the wishes of her abductors.

The girl’s story left the cops and her parents in a state of shocked. On the fateful day while returning home from Juhapura she didn’t have money for autofare. just had Rs 4 with her. She could not board an autorickshaw for this reason. At this juncture, a young woman offered to drop the girl homeon her scooter. Later the victim learnt that the woman’s name is Faiza Laludia, a resident of Vankaner in Saurashtra.

But the woman took the girl to Jamalpur and gave her a spiked drink. where she was given a cold drink which put her in a semi-conscious state. The girl claims that she used to be given the intoxicant regularly and she obeyed all that Faiza told her. Then the minor was taken to Narol where she was raped regularly by two men – Asim and Asif. While Asim and Asif used to visit regularly, there were

Other men too who used to visit and on a daily basis. For this Faiza used to take money from the men, the victim told police. For close to a month the ordeal continued and the girl’s health deteriorated which had scared Faiza who abandoned the girl near her residence before escaping. Vejalpur police sources said, “We have detained Faiza. Preliminary interrogation reveals that she runs a prostitution racket and it is possible that she has abducted minor girls in the past too.”

Missing girl returns, was abducted, and gang-raped

Trafficking racket Busted Six held

Trafficking racket Busted Six held

Trafficking racket Busted Six held

RAJ SHEKHAR IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

NEW DELHI: A human trafficking racket being run from south Delhi was busted on Friday with the arrest of six persons, including two women. Investigations have unfolded a harrowing tale of two sisters, aged 13 and 8, who had been kidnapped on April 26 from Malviya Nagar and thereafter trafficked.

Police said the arrest of one Radha Rani alias Mataji was a major breakthrough. Rani is suspected to have trafficked dozens of girls to Haryana and other states. The victims were staying with their family in south Delhi. A couple, identified as, Vinod (21) and Laxmi (18), had come to live in the area around a month back. They became friendly with the girls, whose father works with an exports firm. The accused couple kidnapped the girls on April 26 on the pretext of taking them to a zoo. The girls, who were familiar with couple, agreed to go along with them. The accused, however, confined in a room in south Delhi, a source said.

The duo then contacted one Amjad alias Radhe, a notorious trafficker. He also an accused in a case in the Amar Colony area. Police said Amjad asked the duo to bring the girls to ISBT.

At 9.30pm on April 27, Radhe took the girls in a bus to Sirsa in Haryana. In Sirsa, the girls were handed over to Rani (51), who is the kingpin of an inter-state trafficking racket.

Rani first sold off the 13-year-old girl to 50-year-old Mahendra Singh for Rs 60,000. Singh, who is in police custody, said he had got the girl married to his son and did not abuse her sexually.

A missing report had been lodged at the Malviya Nagar police station by the girl’s father, after which a case of abduction was registered. First, the duo, Vinod and Laxmi, were tracked down. The investigation showed the involvement of Amjad. The trail led the police to Sirsa and a police team rescued the girls.

Cops landed at the house of the 50-year-old man and found the 13-year-old girl locked in a room. Both father and son werer taken into custody. The girl’s sister was rescued from Radha Rani’s house hours before she was supposed to be sold off. The girls were brought to Delhi on Thursday and produced before the Child Welfare Committee.

They have undergone a medical examination their statements have been recorded. A source said the girls are being kept at a child welfare home. The victims will soon be handed over to the family, sources added.

Appropriate sections of IPC have been added to the existing case and investigation in the case is on to nab the other accused. The cops are also searching for a man, identified as, Sanjay, a source added.

A couple had come to live in a south Delhi area. They abducted the girls on the pretext of taking them out to the zoo

RAJ SHEKHAR IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

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