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12-year-old Odisha girl sold by uncle, raped, escapes, raped again

Brought by her uncle from their village four months ago for a job; sold by him; sexually assaulted by the buyers; escape only to be raped again by two others in a field — this is how a 12-year-old girl from Odisha has pieced together days of her ordeal before Haryana Police.

The child was rescued on November 30 after a villager in Palwal, about 50 km from Gurgaon, spotted her lying in the field and took her to the local women’s police station. The police have arrested the two persons who allegedly raped her and left her in the field, and are on the lookout for her uncle and persons who “bought” her, said sources.

According to the child’s complaint lodged at Palwal women’s police station, her uncle brought her to a village in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, four months ago. Later, he expressed his desire to marry her, and when she declined, he sold her to people he knew for Rs 50,000, she stated in her complaint. The men who ‘bought’ her sexually assaulted her for days, she told the police.

According to the girl’s complaint, she somehow managed to escape and reached the bus stand in Palwal. While she was waiting for a bus, two persons came in an autorickshaw and forcibly pushed her into the vehicle, took her to a field and raped her, she stated.

Acting on her complaint, in a joint rescue operation with Shakti Vahini, a child helpline NGO, Palwal police arrested two persons on charges of kidnapping and raping the child, said sources. Police identified the arrested duo as Goverdhan and Jitender. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, said the police.

“We have informed the Uttar Pradesh home department secretary about this and requested him to direct officers to conduct an extensive inter-state investigation — as the crime occurred in Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana — so that the well-organised trafficking syndicate may be busted,” said Rishikant of Shakti Vahini.

The letter has been marked to nodal officers of anti-trafficking units in Haryana and Odisha, he added. Rishikant said the girl was in a child protection home and arrangements would be made to send her back to Odisha after verifying her address and family background.

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