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Abducted Malda schoolgirl rescued from Haryana


NEW DELHI: A 15-year-old girl from West Bengal, whose kidnapping sparked off communal tension in parts of Malda district 11 months ago, has been rescued from Haryana’s Kaithal district after a joint rescue operation by police from Haryana, West Bengal and Delhi, and the NGO Shakti Vahini. Rishi Kant, a representative of Shakti Vahini, said the girl was kidnapped by a man named Sandeep and his friend when she was returning from school in Malda. He said she was intimidated with a knife and taken to the nearest railway station. “From there, she was brought to Delhi by train and taken to Sandeep’s house at Sirta Road in Kaithal.”

Kant said Sandeep kept the girl with him after paying Rs 50,000 to his accomplice. He allegedly used her as a slave, forcing her do household chores and have sex. “She was four-and-a-half months pregnant at the time of rescue,” said an investigating officer. The girl’s family had reported her missing at the Harishchandrapur police station in Malda, West Bengal in October, 2011. Her father said she had called up her brother-in-law and related her plight, but she was not able to specify her location. “After she called, I informed local cops,” he said.

The girl’s grandfather then came to Kaithal and called on her number. He was asked to come to the house where she was being held, and beaten up for demanding her release. He returned home and informed the West Bengal Police. SP (Malda), JK Pal, informed Shakti Vahini about the case and also sent a letter to its director for assisting the police team in rescuing the girl in Haryana. The NGO contacted the ADGP (Crime Against Women, Haryana), K Selvaraj, for assistance. The girl was traced to Sirta Road, Kaithal and rescued. After counselling, she was taken for medical examination and then produced before the Child Welfare Committee. She will be taken back to Malda on Monday by train.

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