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Girl sold for Rs 30,000, rescued from Delhi

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RAIPUR:  Chhattisgarh’s police team along with an NGO- Shakti Vahini rescued an 18-year-old girl of Raigarh district from Indrapuri area of New Delhi on Friday. According to the girl, she was sold for Rs 30,000 for a year to a family as domestic help there.

The girl hailing from Raigarh went missing in the month of October in 2013, police said. In her statement to police, the girl said that she was studying in Class X when a local woman Nilima approached her and lured of providing good job in nearby area which would help her earn for her poor family.

Though the girl was reluctant initially, Nilima succeeded in convincing the girl and took her to New Delhi and handed her over to a person called Prem. Prem is the owner of AP Seva Placement and Security Agency who further appointed the girl as domestic help to a household for a year.

“Prem was paid Rs 30,000 when he left,” the girl said in her statement.

Talking to TOI, Pallavi, the NGO associate said, “Raigarh police had sent a mail to Shakti Vahini for providing assistance to rescue the girl who had gone missing few months ago. The girl was fortunate enough to have gone in right hands after getting entrapped by Nilima and Prem. The girl had narrated her story to the woman she worked for, who arranged telephonic conversation for the girl with her family.”

On the other side, parents of the girl lodged FIR against Nilima, whom Raigarh police had arrested and who was released on bail later.

However, as soon as Nilima was released, she went to Delhi to fetch the girl, but the house lady refused to hand over the girl to her, Pallavi said. She added that the girl conveyed her address to her parents over the phone with the help of house lady following which, police managed to reach the girl.

“While we assumed that the girl was kept in captivity and we would need to act very cautiously to rescue the girl, this was a rare case where the Indrapuri based family helped trafficked victim return home,” Pallavi said. Talking to TOI, superintendent of police, Rahul Bhagat said, “Police teams have been sent to several places to rescue and find missing girls from different parts of country. Hence, there may be more girls who would be rescued in coming days.”

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