Indore man tries to sell 19-year-old girl for Rs 3 lakh, held

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai/Indore
  • Updated: Dec 20, 2014 22:21 IST

A 24-year-old man from Indore, who called his colleague to Mumbai on the pretext of getting her a job at an event management firm, allegedly tried to sell her for Rs 3 lakh and was recently arrested from south Mumbai.

While the accused, Azam Khan, worked in the housekeeping department of a mall in Indore, the 19-year-old woman worked in the cosmetics department. They have known each other for two months, said officials of the social service branch (SSB) of the Mumbai police. The woman's father is a carpenter.

"Khan promised the woman, a Class 12 passout, a lucrative job in Mumbai. However, after they came to the city, he tried to sell her. He was caught by a team of SSB officials near Girgaum chowpatty," said Pravinkumar Patil, deputy commissioner of police, enforcement.

On receiving a tip-off, the police officials sent a decoy and found out the woman wasn't aware of the deal. "The woman was shown to the decoy from a distance. Around 11pm, Khan was to get the money, after which he would have handed over the girl," said Patil.

A team comprising inspector Raje Bidkar, R Ranmale and Vilas Datir arrested the accused near a restaurant on Dr Purandare Marg when the money was being paid. The officials said the woman was shocked when she got to know about Khan's plans and fainted. She has been sent to a women's shelter home and the authorities are coaxing her to share more details. Khan was handed over to cops at Gamdevi police station, under whose jurisdiction the incident occurred.

A case under section 370 (1) (exploitation of trafficked person) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act have been registered. The accused has been remanded to police custody.

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