Following widespread protests by the JD-U, RJD and Congress leaders over the alleged derogatory remark of Haryana BJP leader OP Dhankar concerning Bihar girls, the state government has ordered a survey in 14 districts to trace how many girls were actually married off to Haryana boys.
Inspector general of police, weaker section, Arvind Pandey, on Tuesday wrote a letter to SPs of Begusarai, Purnea, Saharsa, Sitamarhi, Munger, Bettiah, Motihari, Kishaganj, Araria, Madhubani and Katihar to compile a list of girls sent for marriage and their present condition.
He has ordered to make district anti-human trafficking units (AHTUs) fully functional to track such cases.
Pandey said the SPs have been asked to submit a report to the district magistrates concerned detailing their names, village etc, for further verification of their present status in Haryana.
Pandey said in the letter that a few such instances had been reported in the past from Katihar and some other districts. "The girls had been taken to Haryana on the pretext of marriage," he said, adding one such instance had been reported from Darbhanga also when he was posted there as IG.
"The girls were being taken to Haryana on the pretext of marriage in a suspicious manner. Some people suspected something wrong in the entire process and lodged a case," he recalled.
The state government had launched the human trafficking prevention programme in 2007-08 to check illegal trafficking of women and child labourers and ensured a comprehensive rehabilitation package.
District-level anti-trafficking cells have been constituted in 26 districts under the supervision of the district magistrates.