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Two girls rescued from rail station


Guwahati, July 29: Police with the help of an NGO rescued two trafficking victims from Guwahati railway station last evening.

Kaberi Sarma, general secretary of the anti-trafficking NGO, Global Organisation for Life Development (GOLD), said the girls were being taken to New Delhi with the promise of jobs.

She said the two alleged traffickers – Sivanuj Dhanowar, 35, and Mariam Soren, 30 – have been arrested in this connection.

Sarma said the two girls aged between 18 and 22 years hail from a tea estate in the Sapekhaiti area of Sivasagar district.

“They were brought here by bus and were about to board the Delhi-bound Avadh Assam Express when they were rescued by a joint team of Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel and members of GOLD at Guwahati railway station around 8 last evening,” Sarma said.

The victims are currently lodged at a shelter home run by the NGO in the city and will be handed over to their respective families.

She said a preliminary inquiry has revealed the arrested duo had trafficked 12 girls from the same tea estate outside the state, mainly to Delhi and Haryana.

A case has been registered against the duo at GRP police station in the railway station.

It has been observed that tea gardens have become a major area of operation for criminal gangs who lure young girls and women with promise of jobs.

Poverty, lack of employment opportunities and poor awareness are believed to be the major causes of women from tea gardens falling prey to trafficking.

The girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation as well as for cheap or forced labour.

According to an official source, a large number of cases of unsafe migration and trafficking are being reported from tea garden areas in Sonitpur district.

Rishi Kant, spokesperson for Delhi-based anti-trafficking NGO Shakti Vahini, said a large number of girls from Assam and other northeastern states are being trafficked to Haryana for forced marriages since there is a shortage of women owing to gender imbalance caused by female foeticide in that state.

“The evil of killing the female child in womb is giving rise to a chain of other social evils like trafficking and the women are again at the receiving end. Because of a fall in sex ratio, there is a shortage of brides and for this, some families depend on traffickers to get their sons married. Recently, several cases of human trafficking have been reported from Haryana,” he said.

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