The rape victim who went missing from Bal Sadan, Sector 12-A, Panchkula, on Wednesday morning was traced by the evening to Ambala and the police had rushed to bring the girl back by the time the report was filed.
“The girl was with her friend. We traced the girl with help of her friend. She told us she fled as she did not like staying at the Bal Sadan,” said Sector-14 SHO inspector Suresh Kumar. The girl had been taking classes for a beautician course for some days.
The victim, who claimed to be a 16-year-old, had accused her parents of forcing her into prostitution for Rs 60,000 per week in her statement before the court on August 20.
She had also alleged that she used to be injected with drugs before the sex work, which continued for about a year against her wishes.
The matter came to light on May 28 this year when the girl, who is a resident of Jalandhar, complained to Panchkula police, when she was brought here for sex work.
A case of gangrape, buying and selling the girl for prostitution, drugging before rape was registered under the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
The victim’s mother had divorced her real father and had married another person. In collusion with him, she allegedly pushed the victim in prostitution for money.
Only three arrests have been made so far, her parents and another person, the conduit, though the girl had named other intermediaries too, after she identified the accused.
On March 27, she was brought from Jalandhar to Ambala. After paying her parents, Rahul brought her in a car to a hotel in Sector 3 of Panchkula.
She was then taken to a flat in Zirakpur where she was gangraped as per the allegations and the next day a case was filed.