Days after a minor girl, working as a domestic help, was rescued from a Dwarka flat where she was allegedly tortured by a doctor couple, the Crime Branch on Thursday produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Lajpat Nagar, six minor girls, who were being made to work as maid servants without pay in city homes.
The raids were conducted by the Crime Branch working with NGOs Shakti Vahini and Butterflies after the CWC on March 27 — a couple of days after the the girl was rescued from Dwarka flat — directed them to conduct the raids in response to a complaint placed before the commission citing the cases of nearly 20 minor girls working in different places in the city where they had been placed as domestic help after being trafficked from their home states.
The Crime Branch raid was, however, carried out a full week later, on April 4. CWC officials say that delay of this nature even in cases where children are endangered can be explained by the shortage of manpower faced by law enforcement agencies. “Ideally, in such cases, action should be immediate but agencies have a shortage of manpower. Focused efforts should be made to address these,” said Raaj Mangal Prasad, Chairman, CWC, Lajpat Nagar.
The report submitted to the CWC throws light on the exploitation suffered by minor girls who were trafficked to Delhi from other states. Most of the girls had been working for months without pay and many hailed from West Bengal. As per the report, the children were all placed in different homes by the placement agency L G Placement Services “running in the name of the office of Security Bureau of India at 741 Chirag Delhi”.
Of the six girls rescued, four were taken form the placement agency while the others, two sisters, were rescued from a home in Malviya Nagar where they had been placed by the same agency. As per the report, another girl was found during a raid at a home in the residential quarters of Ambedkar Hospital but was not rescued as she did not look like a minor. The CWC in its order has asked for this girl too to be produced before it on April 17.