Gurgaon: Couple booked for ‘trafficking’ 17-year-old girl
The couple allegedly brought a 17-year-old girl to Gurgaon, promising a good life and the man raped her repeatedly in a rented room.gurgaon Updated: Mar 02, 2017 23:36 IST
A 17-year -old girl, who was allegedly trafficked, raped and tortured, was rescued after she complained about her ordeal to a businessman in whose house she was sent as a domestic help in DLF Phase 3.
The matter came to light on February 18 when the girl reached the DLF Phase 3 house. When her employer asked her for an ID, she broke down and narrated her ordeal to him. The employer took her to DLF Phase 3 police post from where they were referred her to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The CWC recorded her statement and referred the matter to the women police station for filing of a case.
A case was filed at the women police station, Sector 51, on February 23 against a couple —Abu Hasan Sufian and Saima Bibi — under sections 370 (trafficking), 506 (threatening for life) of the IPC and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.
Sub-inspector Raj Bala, investigation officer, said, “We have registered the case against the couple... The victim’s statement was recorded in front of a duty magistrate but the victim keeps changing her statements. A medical examination has confirmed rape. Her father was informed and he reached on February 23. We are investigating the case.”
As per the girl’s statement to the police, the couple, who lived near her house in West Bengal, brought her to Nathupur in Gurgaon in the first week of February after promising her a good life. Abu allegedly raped her repeatedly over a span of 15 days in a rented house in Gurgaon. The couple repeatedly assaulted her when she tried to raise the alarm.
CWC, Gurgaon, claimed that Abu is a trafficker active on the Indo-Bangladesh border. Several cases have allegedly been registered against him in West Bengal.
“We were informed by the CWC, Murshidabad, about Abu and the Child Line has collected information on his involvement in many cases in West Bengal,” Shakuntala Dhull, chairperson CWC, Gurgaon, said.
In her statement to the CWC, the girl said the couple told her that they have spent ₹5,000 on her and she needed to pay it back. “The girl tried calling her father but there was no response after which the accused allegedly sent her to work as cook at a businessman’s house in DLF Phase 3,” Dhull said.
“The girl said her father was asking her to keep quiet, threatening her with dire consequences if she revealed anything to the police and the CWC,” Dhull said.
The CWC said the girl claimed that the police at DLF Phase 3 police post allegedly forced her to settle the matter on February 20 for ₹1,500 and asked her to leave the city.
“The employer took her to DLF City Phase 3 police post on February 20 and as there was no woman police personnel, she was referred to the women police station and later taken to the CWC. The allegation that police tried to settle the matter between the victim and the accused is baseless,” inspector Sudeep Kumar, SHO, DLF Phase 2 police station, said. The DLF Phase 3 police post comes under DLF Phase 2 police station.