Girl sold into prostitution rescued from Morena
A MINOR girl, who was allegedly sold by her paternal grandmother into flesh trade in Mumbai, was rescued by her mother and other relatives with the help of police from Morena railway station on June 3. The girl is now safe with her maternal relatives in a Sagar village.india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 15:15 IST
A MINOR girl, who was allegedly sold by her paternal grandmother into flesh trade in Mumbai, was rescued by her mother and other relatives with the help of police from Morena railway station on June 3. The girl is now safe with her maternal relatives in a Sagar village.
The girl’s mother, Sulochana Bedia, a resident of village Pathria-Bedni in Sagar district, was married in Morena. Her mother-in-law, Vimla Chari, used to dance in her younger days, as is the tradition with the Bedia women. Sulochana had two daughters, one aged seven and the other, Mini, aged 14.
Sulochana’s husband died a few years back and since then Vimla poured extra love and affection on her two granddaughters. Sulochana alleges that all the love and adoration of Vimla was a trap and she wanted the girls to step into prostitution.
A week ago, Sulochana came to her maternal home in Pathria-Bedni, leaving Mini in Morena. On June 1, she got the information that Mini had been sold by Vimla to some person in Mumbai. She contacted the social activist Champa Behen, who runs an ashram for Bedia girls in the village.
Both then met the Sagar Superintendent of Police K P Khare, appealing him to rescue the girl. Khare faxed their application to the Morena SP who, along with some family members of Mini, reached the Morena railway station and rescued the girl.
On June 6 Mini returned home with her family members to the village in Sagar. Mini said that her grandmother sold her to someone in Mumbai for an unknown amount. When she came know to about the profession she was being forced, she opposed the grandmother’s action.
As a punishment, Vimla did not give Mini any thing to eat for at least six days and she grew very weak. Sulochana said she would not return to Morena now and would provide good education to her daughters in Pathria.
First Published: Jun 09, 2006 15:15 IST