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Central probe into tribal girls’ deaths




New Delhi, April 26: The Union social welfare ministry has ordered an investigation into the deaths of two minor tribal girls from Jharkhand who were trafficked to the national capital on the pretext of employment as domestic helps earlier this month.

Social welfare minister Krishna Tirath has constituted a team comprising officials from the ministry, National Commission for Women (NCW) and National Child Rights Protection Commission who will probe into the case in Delhi and Jharkhand.

Meanwhile, Naveen Horo, 55, after losing her 11-year-old daughter Jyoti Mariyam Horo — who, along with her friend, was trafficked to Delhi earlier this month and died mysteriously within days — is now struggling to find her a final place to rest.

Naveen, a tribal labourer from Torpa Lapong village in Khunti district of Jharkhand, along with a team of officials from state social welfare department, had arrived in the national capital on Wednesday to take Jyoti’s body back to the village. But later he decided to bury her in Delhi after post-mortem was conducted on her at the All India Institute of medical Sciences today — a week after her death.

Today, Naveen alleged that no cemetery he went to agreed to allow her daughter’s burial. “Doctors performed Jyoti’s post-mortem today and said that the reports will come in a day or two which will ascertain how she died suddenly. Then the cops asked me to take her body away for burial. I went to cemeteries in Tughlaquabad and Push Pihar but both turned me away. I don’t know what I will do now. I have no money to take her back to my village as the government so far has not given me any financial help, so I am taking my daughter’s body back to AIIMS mortuary,” he told The Telegraph.

He also demanded immediate arrest of people involved in his daughter’s trafficking and a compensation of Rs one lakh from Jharkhand government. Jharkhand additional resident commissioner Sanjay Kumar, meanwhile, said there were some problems in Jyoti’s burial but government officials were trying to help Naveen.

“Christians have different sects and therefore not every cemetery can take the body for burial but we are trying to find cremation ground where the girl can be buried,” he said.

According to sources, the minor girls, Jyoti and Jaymani Guria, 10, both classmates in Khunti, were brought to Delhi by one Chandmoni on April 11 this year.

However, they never got work and were staying with Chandmoni and her daughter Eden at a rented room in Chirag Delhi.

Surprisngly, Jyoti fell sick on April 19 and was taken to Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital by Eden where she died upon arrival. Hospital authorities alerted cops at Malviya Nagar police station and investigations began in the case.

During questioning, Chandmuni denied sexual abuse of the girls and said that after Jyoti’s death, Jaymani insisted that she would return to her village and Eden accompanied her during the journey. However, on way to Khunti, Jaymani too got ill and died.

Post-mortem was later performed on her at Khunti Sadar Hospital but it could not ascertain the reason of death following which viscera is being planned to send for forensic examination.


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