Want placement agency bill to curb trafficking: NGOs

Published on Sep 11, 2016 07:30 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: In the wake of the rape of a 16-year-old domestic help at a government accommodation on Tughlaq Road on Monday, child rights NGOs have demanded a placement agency bill in Delhi to regulate trafficking.

Investigation showed the girl was trafficked two months ago from a Jharkhand village and sold by an illegal placement agency based out of a Tughlaq road flat.

The girl was raped by her employer, a 59-year-old executive engineer from the Rajasthan government posted at Jodhpur House in New Delhi. The police said the crime took place when the engineer’s wife was away.

“This happened due to the non-implementation of the September 2014 executive order by the Lt. Governor on the regulation of placement agencies,” said Rakesh Senger, director of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), an NGO run by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

“Most of the placement agencies are not registered under the law and are a serious cause of child trafficking in Delhi,” Senger said.

Police are looking for the owner of the placement agency. A case under sections 376 (rape) of IPC and other relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered at the Tughlaq Road police station.

The incident, an officer said, came to light on Tuesday morning after the girl approached the police and said she had been raped on Monday night by her employer. A local NGO was roped in for her counselling.

“She was later sent to a government hospital where her medical examination confirmed rape. Accordingly, the FIR was registered,” the officer said.

“It is shocking that even in high-profile areas, trafficked girls are working as domestic helps. Servant verification is not done, which means illegal placement agencies have managed to thrive even in posh and VIP areas,” said Rishikant, an activist with NGO Shakti Vahini.

“The girl is from a Naxal affected area and her family is yet to be contacted. The traffickers are exploiting girls from rural areas and this nexus has remained unchecked in Delhi.”

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    Faizan Haidar writes on the Delhi government, city politics, transport, aviation, and social welfare. A journalist for a decade, he also tracks issues such as trafficking and labour exploitation in Delhi and other states.

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