A 16-year-old girl was allegedly auctioned yesterday at Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh. However, the timely intervention of the police saved the girl’s life. It is being said that the minor was a resident of Jharkhand, and was sold by her stepmother after her mother died, one year ago.

Key Takeaways:

  • A 16-year-old girl was allegedly auctioned yesterday at Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh. The girl originally belongs to Jharkhand. 
  • However, the timely intervention of police saved the girl, who was already sold by her stepmother for Rs 50,000, around one year ago
  • After the girl’s mother died around a year ago, her father married another woman and abandoned his daughter.
  • A woman being identified as Kalawati had bought her for Rs 50,000 and was staying in Buladshahar to further sell her for a ‘better’ price.

The minor girl was sold by her stepmother after her mother died last year. She was sold for an amount of 50,000 to a woman being identified as Kalawati.

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Police Served As A Saviour For The Minor Girl

The minor girl was being auctioned at the residence of a man named Mahendra Kumar in Bulandshahar when a dozen people surrounded the house. Post this, the police raided the house while the auction was still going on and the bidders were present there. The police arrested seven people, including two women. However, some of the bidders managed to escape.

The minor girl was sold by her stepmother after her mother died last year. She was sold for an amount of 50,000 to a woman being identified as Kalawati. Kalawati now wanted to further sell this girl and hence visited Nauragabad District in Bulandshahar. According to Deccan Herald, when the bidding started, some had offered to pay around Rs 80,000 for the girl. Kalawati had promised to sell the girl to whoever gives the ‘best’ price. She would ask people to meet the girl and then ask them for the price they would offer.

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Human Trafficking Case Registered

The police have arrested seven people, including Kalawati and one other woman. A case of human trafficking has been registered against them. There have been reports in the past that girls from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal are sold in the state of Uttar Pradesh. This is mainly done in the Western region where the sex ratio is adverse.

A case of human trafficking has been registered against them.

According to the 2011 census, the sex ratio in Uttar Pradesh stands at 912 females per 1000 men. Moreover, according to the National Crime Records Bureau, Uttar Pradesh also tops the list of crimes against women. The latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau shows that around 3.5 lakh cases of crime against women were registered in 2017. With this, the figure shows an upward trend for the third consecutive year in crimes against women. While 3.2 lakh cases of crime against women were registered in 2015, 3,38,954 cases were registered in 2016.

Picture Credit:  VK Singh and Company

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