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Woman arrested for trying to push 12-year-old girl into flesh trade

The arrested woman, police said, was divorced thrice. She did not have a source of income so she attempted to allegedly push the girl into prostitution to earn money.

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2018 12:41 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times
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The girl told the police that she was lured by a man in his early twenties on the pretext of marriage. (Representational photo)

The Delhi Police on Sunday rescued a minor girl from a 32-year-old woman’s house in northeast Delhi’s Old Mustafabad, a week after the 12-year-old was allegedly kidnapped by a man on the pretext of marriage.

Police have arrested the woman, who allegedly wanted to push the minor girl into flesh trade. The woman had kept the girl hostage inside a small room without food, police alleged. They are now looking for the youth who allegedly kidnapped the girl and sold her to the woman. Another man, who had molested the girl in the woman’s house, is also absconding.

Police said the man also took away her belongings and money that she had brought from her home.

Ajit Kumar Singla, deputy commissioner of police (northeast), said a case of kidnapping was registered on January 7 on the complaint of the girl’s family.

“We have arrested the woman while efforts are on to nab the youth,” said Singla. The arrested woman, police said, was divorced thrice. She did not have a source of income so she attempted to push the girl into prostitution to earn money, said police.

A police officer said the girl left her home on January 7 after telling her parents that she was going to meet a school friend. When she did not return home in the evening, her family started looking for her. But when she could not be found, they filed a missing complaint.

“A team was formed and during the probe it was learnt that the girl was kept hostage by a woman in her home. A raid was conducted and the girl was rescued and later reunited with her family,” the officer said.

The girl told the police that she was lured by a man in his early twenties on the pretext of marriage.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 23:40 IST