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Teenage girl from West Bengal rescued

Bengal GirlPUBLISHED IN THE HINDU

A 16-year-old girl, a native of West Bengal, was rescued from Sector 47 here on Saturday in a joint operation by the local police, the West Bengal Police, and anti-trafficking organisation Shakti Vahini.

The rescue team laid a trap and arrested accused Arvind after a day-long search. Arvind is married and has one child.

After the rescue, the girl told the police that she had come to visit her maternal uncle in Gurgaon last year. During the visit, she befriended Arvind. After some days, she went back to her native place, but Arvind kept calling her up. Soon, Arvind lured her to Delhi on the promise of marriage and good life.

The girl took a train and reached Delhi in June. Arvind took her to Gurgaon. The two then started living in a rented room. A few days later, the girl was forced to work as domestic help in a house.

Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini said: “As the victim described her situation, the matter of sexual abuse of the minor can’t be ruled out. This is the modus operandi of the trafficker — to lure the victims on the pretext of marriage and later push them into domestic slavery or sell them off. It is a matter of investigation whether the accused is linked with the illegally-run placement agency racket and employing other such victims as well.”

After the rescue, the girl was produced before the Child Welfare Committee in Gurgaon. The accused was produced before the Gurgaon District Court for transit custody. The court has ordered for six days transit remand to the West Bengal Police.

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