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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

New Delhi: Minor rescued from cop’s house

Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 03, 2014
First Published: 08:26 IST(3/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:39 IST(3/6/2014)

In a shocking tale of abuse, a 14-year-old girl with injury marks all over her body and a damaged eye was rescued from the house of a Delhi Police head constable in south Delhi’s RK Puram police colony.

According to Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) members, the NGO that rescued the girl on Monday, one of the eyes of the girl has been damaged and she had burn marks on her arms.

An FIR has been registered under sections 370 (Buying or disposing of any person as a slave) and 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code and other provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act. The Delhi Police said the head constable will be arrested.

The girl was trafficked from Jharkhand to Delhi by a man who worked in a placement agency. During the counselling, the girl said the trafficker and his friends gang-raped her and later sold her off to work at a “person’s place”.

After being tortured for five months, she managed to flee and reached the railway station where she met the head constable who offered to help her.

“Her tale of torture started when she was just 10-year-old and was raped by her brother-inlaw. A native of a small village in Jharkhand, she told her family members but they chose to remain silent. She enrolled herself with a government scheme and started going to school. One day, she was kidnapped by traffickers and brought to Delhi. When she approached a Delhi Police constable for help, he brought her to his house to do the household work,” said a BBA activist.

The Delhi Police constable whom she had met at the railway station had first sent her to his daughter’s house to do household work. His daughter then sent her back to her father’s house as she had started living with her extended family.

In the constable’s house, the girl was forced to do household work and was often beaten up. The torture continued for four years and it was only after getting an anonymous complaint that a raid was conducted and the girl was rescued.

“People who were supposed to safeguard the children are keeping them as slave and bonded labour. The government agencies, political parties and police should ensure that no child is engaged as domestic help by their staff or member,” said Kailash Satyarthi, BBA founder.


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