Ghaziabad DSP Ranvijay Singh said, “One of the girls called up her family in Ghaziabad after which we conducted the raid in Sitapuri area of Delhi and rescued the four girls. They said they were photographed and their photos were sent to prospective clients over WhatsApp.”
Of the four girls, one belongs to Delhi, one to Ghaziabad and two are from Jharkhand. The 13-year-old girl from Jharkhand belongs to Ramgarh and had run away from home in search of work in Delhi. When she reached the station, one of the accused caught her.
The 17-year-old from Gumla was trafficked and made to work in a house in Delhi where she was tortured. When she tried to run away, she was caught by one of the accused, Ajay, at the station.
The statement of the rescued girls was recorded on Thursday.
The police said the pimps planned to sell every girl to the clients at a price ranging from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh.
In their statement to the police, the girls said they were locked up in a room for over 15 days, assaulted and forced to consume alcohol and watch pornography. The girls also said that they were made to dress up and their photographs were clicked by a woman who used to visit them frequently.
Both the girls said that they were approached by a man at Purani Delhi railway station. The 13-year-old told Pallavi Ghosh, counsellor of Shakti Vahini, a Delhi-based NGO, “I belong to a very poor family and ran from home and came to Delhi to work. I met a man on the railway station from where he took me to that house and terrible things were done to me.”
The three accused arrested include Ajay Kumar and Rajan Kumar from Darbhanga and Raju Kumar Choudhary of Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.
DSP Singh said, “The accused have accepted the crime and said that they used to search their targets at railway station. They usually target those girls who run away from home or are lost.”
This is one of the most unusual cases as usually the girls from Jharkhand are forced into domestic work and often subjected to violence and at times sexual abuse but very rarely are girls from here directly forced in prostitution.
Member of Shakti Vahini, Rishi Kant said, “This is a new trend and a matter of concern for Jharkhand government. State police should take up the matter seriously and investigate it from the grass root level.”
A social activist of Ranchi, Baidnath Kumar said, “Usually the girls are taken from the state by placement agencies for domestic work. We rarely come across cases in which the girls of the state are forced to prostitution.”