A 14-year-old resident of Aishbagh, who had gone missing some three months back, was rescued from Shivpuri on Friday. The police rescued the minor girl after a raid in the red light area.
The girl, who lived in Sonia Gandhi Colony near Aishbagh, was going by train to her aunt’s house in Ganj Basoda when two youths had abducted her and taken her to Shivpuri. The two had sold the girl to a brothel for Rs 40,000.
According to information, the girl’s father had put her on board at Bhopal station and asked her to get down at Ganj Basoda where her aunt lives. Sensing that the girl was travelling alone, two youths—Vicky and Debu, tried to lure her to come with them.
When she did not listen, the duo posing as relatives, allegedly shut her in the toilet of the train that had a few passengers on board for some time on the pretext that the girl was not listening and wanted to run away, sources said. Later, they took the girl to Shivpuri and sold her to their relative Seema for Rs 40,000.
The minor girl was regularly beaten up and ultimately forced into prostitution. Sources said the girl managed to convince a visitor to the brothel to pass on the message to her father’s friend, Rafiq Khan. She gave him the phone number of Rafiq. The person rang him up and subsequently the girl’s father was informed about her plight.
The family reached Shivpuri and took up the matter with police officers. Subsequently, a raid was conducted and the girl was rescued. Three other minor girls were also recovered from the area. The police arrested Seema, her daughter Soni and other women, including Mamta, Pushpa and Anjali for running the prostitution racket and pushing the minor girls into flesh trade. The other accused, Vicky and Debu are absconding.
(Name of the girl and her family have not been mentioned to protect their identity). With inputs from Agencies