The Delhi Commission for Women has rescued a girl who was trafficked from Jharkhand when she was nine-years-old from New Rajinder Nagar area in the capital. The girl has been allegedly raped multiple times over the past few years. 

The Commission received a call on their helpline number 181 from the girl’s father. He said that he had been looking for his daughter, who was trafficked from Jharkhand many years ago. He also said that he knew her daughter’s current location. 

What you should know

  • The girl now a teenager was trafficked from Jharkhand when she was nine years old.
  • The Delhi Commission for Women has rescued the girl from Delhi’s New Rajinder Nagar area.

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The DCW team contacted the girl’s father in the Moti Nagar area reported NDTV. He informed the commission that the girl was living with a woman. Later on, the team went to the location to meet the woman. She informed the commission that she brought the teenager from Rohini in north-west Delhi. The lady told them that she sent her to an NGO’s shelter a few days ago. 

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The commission, however, found that there was no NGO at the location mentioned by the woman. Afterwards, the commission found the girl from the New Rajinder Nagar area. She was working there as a domestic help in a private residence. Subsequently, she was taken to Rajinder Nagar Police Station. 

During counselling, she informed the DCW team that a person from her village had brought her to Delhi years ago. “She was first sold off to a trafficker and was allegedly raped by several men. She was able to recount the name of some of the men too,” the DCW said. 

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Afterwards, the girl was sold off to Punjabi Bagh to work as domestic help. She revealed that she worked there for several years and was allegedly raped there as well. Reportedly, a placement agent also tried to rape her.

The survivor was unable to recognise her father and she refused to go with him. She was then taken for a medical examination and then moved to a shelter home, the DCW said. A senior police officer from the central district, said an FIR has been registered at the Rajinder Nagar police station. The girl’s statement is being recorded before the court and further investigation is underway. 

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DCW Chief Swati Maliwal said the commission has been rescuing girls trafficked from Jharkhand, almost every alternate day which highlights the gravity of the problem of trafficking. 

She further said it is my appeal to the Centre to make stringent laws against trafficking and take measures to regulate the functioning of these private placement agencies. “The perpetrators of this heinous crime need to be punished. We will ensure rehabilitation of this girl,” as reported by The Hindu. 

Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.

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