The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said inaction against brothel owners and failure to lodge FIR against them was the main reason why a large number of rescued minor girls are once again forced back into flesh trade.
The court also asked the petitioner, human rights NGO Shakti Vahini, and the Delhi Police to compile details of how many girls have been rescued from various brothels in the last one year and how many FIRs have been lodged in this regard.
Seeking action against those who have not lodged FIRs, a bench of acting chief justice BD Ahmed and justice Vibhu Bakhru said, "if a person does not lodge an FIR, that itself is a punishable offence. Find out who all are responsible and take action against them."
"This court seeks information on the number of rescue operations undertaken, the total number of girls rescued and how many FIRs have been lodged so far," said the bench.
The court order came following a complaint by the NGO that many girls rescued by NGOs and police are brought back by the owners of brothels by sending fictitious persons to the court to pose as their parents to take their custody. Following a complaint by another NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the court is also looking into whether some of the Capital's placement agencies were indulging in flesh trade.
The court had in 2010 ordered a CBI probe into the role of a prominent Rohini-based placement agency.