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Girl trafficked twice over, rescued again

A 14-year-old girl was rescued from the city where she was working as a domestic help after being trafficked from West Bengal. Sunil Thapliyal reports.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2011 00:36 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

A 14-year-old girl was rescued from the city where she was working as a domestic help after being trafficked from West Bengal. She was earlier sent to a juvenile centre after being rescued from Delhi, police said on Sunday.

Deepti (name changed) was rescued from Sector 17 near Sukrali market on Saturday when she made a call to an NGO, which saved her from Delhi in 2009, the police said, adding that a case has been registered.

Deepti was sent to Ranchi two years back and later sent to a juvenile centre in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, from where she was shifted to her native village near Naxal Badi, said Sanjay Mishra, an activist of the Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children in India (ATSEC).

"She made a call from the auto rickshaw driver’s mobile. She remembered our number when she was in Ranchi juvenile centre. I immediately informed the Shakti Vahini group in Gurgaon and they saved her," Mishra said adding that the girl has suffered because of poor functioning of the Child welfare Committee of Delhi, Ranchi, and West Bengal.

"Deepti revealed that she was lured on the pretext of job by one Sonu from West Bengal. He brought the girl to Delhi and kept her in a placement agency. According to the girl there were 40 more girls were in the placement agency. Sonu and some another people in the placement agency used to torture the girls", said Rishi Kant, an activist of Shakti Vahini.

During counselling the girl said that she used to live with her uncle and aunt after being abandoned by her parents three years ago.

In 2009, she was rescued from Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area and was sent to Jharkahnd instead of her home town. From there she was again brought to Gurgaon via Delhi, Rishi Kant said, adding that she has been working as domestic help in a house at Sector 18, Gurgaon for the past two months.

The police said she was normal and has been temporarily shifted to the Childline centre.