NEW DELHI: Six girls trafficked from West Bengal were rescued from south Delhi on Wednesday in a joint operation involving police and NGOs. Crime branch of Delhi police along with NGOs Shakti Vahini and Butterflies conducted the rescue operations in Malviya Nagar and Chirag Dilli, police said. The child welfare committee (CWC) at Lajpat Nagar had received a tip-off from one of the traffickers that 17 girls have been trafficked from West Bengal and employed in different homes across NCR. “An order, dated March 27, was then issued by the CWC and raids were conducted across the city on April 4,” said a source.
According to sources, Lajpat Nagar CWC swung into action after no action was taken by the women and child development ministry, National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, despite them being informed earlier in March. Six girls, aged between 11 and 17 years, were rescued during the raids that were conducted in three homes and a placement agency, CWC officials said. All the rescued girls had been allegedly placed by a placement agency in Chirag Dilli. The girls had been brought to the capital from their villages in West Bengal, and two had not been paid for their work, investigators said.
The girls were produced before the CWC after the rescue. Police have been asked to register a case against the employers and traffickers under Sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act. CWC has directed that the girls be given shelter in a children’s home.