A 16-year-old sex worker’s ordeal, who unknowingly underwent a tubectomy operation after her ‘client’ sedated her, revealed a child prostitution racket in Ludhiana. Shubha (name changed), from West Bengal, said she had been living with Jagdish Singh Janda, a lawyer, for the past one month and had been sexually exploited by him.
Authorities of the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital in Ludhiana had allegedly connived with Janda over performing the permanent contraception procedure on Shubha. The health card issued by the hospital on January 5 had registered Shubha as a 27-year-old married woman. Hospital authorities were reluctant to show Shubha’s original records.
Shubha was later taken to Rupinder Kaur, the programme officer of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), who took her to an orphanage. After being kept at the orphanage for two days, she was shifted to a home for girls in Jalandhar.
A few days later, Shubha demanded money and ran away from the home but was caught. The in-charge of the protection home said, “The girl is sharp but has undergone too much at a young age. She has admitted to having earned money through prostitution.”