Days before the country celebrates Raksha Bandhan comes a story of two brothers who travelled 2,000km to Delhi in search of their missing sisters and in the process, helped rescue three girls trafficked to the city.
The journey ended in success for one of the men, who traced his sister to a GB Road brothel. For the second brother, the search continues and he is currently assisting an NGO that works in the field.
According to child rights NGO Shakti Vahini, a man from West Bengal approached them Tuesday, seeking help to find his 16-year-old sister who went missing on June 26. The Class 10 student had earlier called him from GB Road from a customer’s phone.
“We informed the police and raided two brothels on Tuesday and Wednesday, finding her in the second one,” said Shakti Vahini’s Rishi Kant. In her statement to the child welfare committee, the girl said she had been repeatedly raped. Two arrests have been made in the case.
In the second case, a man from Assam came looking for his minor sister, missing for five years. He has been camping in Delhi for over a month now and is working with Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA). The police, who launched a joint search for the two girls, are still on the lookout.
“We received information that 15 girls, including the missing girl, were being kept in a placement agency in Punjabi Bagh. A raid was conducted but only three girls were found. They had been trafficked from Jharkhand and Odisha,” said a BBA activist who refused to be identified.
“The man came to us looking for his sister and helped us rescue these girls. He is not ready to leave Delhi yet. He is now assisting us, hoping it will finally lead him to his sister,” the activist said.