His addiction for liquor forced a 50-year-old man to sell his three minor daughters for just Rs. 50,000.
The police have arrested the accused identified as Ramesh Kumar, who is an addict.
He allegedly sold his three minor daughters (aged 9, 12 and 14 years) for Rs. 50, 000 at Rewari town to three persons identified as Sewa Ram, 40, Jeet Ram, 45, and Ajay Kumar, 48, all residents of Rewari district. They have also been arrested.
The accused have been booked under Section 366 (abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage), 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution), 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave), 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The matter came to fore, when, the three girls along with their elder sister, who is married, approached a local (Rewari) woman advocate Kusum Yadav with their sad story. The advocate then lodged a complaint with the police from the victims' side after which the accused were arrested.
'Police adopted a lax attitude'
Talking to Hindustan Times, advocate Kusum Yadav accused the police of adopting a passive attitude towards women issues.
She said: "The victims approached me with their sad story on May 6 that their father had allowed three men to abuse them on May 5 night.”
She said: "When the victims objected, their father, who is a habitual drinker told them that he had struck a deal with them (brokers) for Rs. 50,000, who would take them to a village near Gurgaon district.”
Victims got scared and narrated the incident to their elder sister, who approached the advocate, who then lodged a complaint at Model Town police station.
Yadav alleged that the said SHO Bhagat Singh had pressed on solving the issue amicably on May 6 and did not register any criminal complaint in the case.
Yadav then approached SP Rewari, who assured her of registering a complaint against the accused, but even then no case was registered till May 7. She said finally a case was registered on May 8 and the accused were arrested.
She alleged that the victims were constantly living under threat from their father and the three brokers from May 6 to May 8 for withdrawing their compliant.
“But had police acted on time, they would have been saved from the mental torture,” she said.