For a month now, 29-year-old Imran (name changed) has been searching the lanes and by-lanes of Kotla Mubarakpur and other colonies in Delhi to look for his youngest sister who went missing from her home at Diamond Harbour, in the southern suburbs of Kolkata.
“She was preparing for her Class X board exams but then suddenly went missing under mysterious circumstances in February,” said Imran, who has now taken the help of various NGOs.
With tears in his eyes, Imran who had come to Delhi looking for a job in January, said: “We have been searching for her in different parts of West Bengal…she is the youngest among us nine siblings, I used to carry her around in my lap.”
Upon coming to know that a missing girl from Diamond Harbour had been traced in Delhi, he also met the victim’s mother hoping to get some good news on his sister’s whereabouts.
Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini said human trafficking from West Bengal has assumed alarming proportions. In 2011, as many as 13,429 minor girls were reported missing or kidnapped in West Bengal as against 5,825 boys. “Of them 8,725 girls remained missing that year. There are well-founded reasons to believe that a large number of such missing girls fall prey to organised human trafficking rackets feeding illegal domestic help agencies, prostitution rings and forced marriages in States like Haryana, Punjab, Western Uttar Pradesh and J&K,” Mr. Kant said.