Two minor girls, both victims of human trafficking from Saranda, have returned home after around two years.
One of them was sexually assaulted during the period.
Both the girls were left behind by trafficking gang members at Barkela market under Mufassil police station in West Singhbhum and produced before the police on Monday.
Other two girls, who were also taken along with them from the locality, are still missing. Their family members lodged an FIR on February 7 about trafficking.
One Laxmi, a tribal woman of the area had taken both the girls — Mitali Purty (15) and Sunita Gope (14) (both the names changed) — residents of Pandabir village under Barkela panchayat to Delhi in June 2012.
Laxmi had assured them that they would have better earning opportunity in Delhi. The girls were later taken to Punjab where they had been working as maidservants. Both were sold to different districts of Punjab.
Victim’s family members moved police as they could not get information about the girls for a long time. The police had lodged FIR after a social organisation, Zila Mahila Samiti talked to senior police officials in this regard.
Mitali told the Hindustan Times, “I was working as a servant at a residence in Punjab. My employers never paid me and only gave me my daily food. They even did not allow me to go outside the house and used to abuse and assault me for no reason.”
Sunita revealed that her employers panicked after they heard about an FIR being lodged. “A person brought us to Tatanagar railway station and another to Chaibasa railway station. A local resident of Barkela panchayat brought us to the market and went away”.
Convenor of Zila Mahila Samiti, Sister Basanti Besra said that while counseling the girls it was revealed that one of the girls was sexually abused in Punjab frequently. Both the girls have forgotten their tribal language and now spoke only in Hindi and Punjabi, she added.
Besra said she would ensure rehabilitation for both the girls. The samiti will teach them sewing in order to ensure them earning opportunity, she added. SP Narendra Kumar Singh said on the basis of both the girls’ statements, the police will trace out other two girls and put trafficking gang members behind the bars.
“We will go for medical examination of both the girls to find out if they were sexually assaulted. Rape charges will be added against the trafficking gang members if required”, the SP said.