NEW DELHI: Expressing serious concern over the rising “menace” of human trafficking in the country, a trial court has urged Delhi Police to make “sincere efforts” to crack its whip on perpetrators of this trade.
The court made these observations while sentencing a woman to jail for 10 years for forcing a girl into prostitution after she was trafficked to the capital from a village in West Bengal. “The menace of human trafficking is on the rise and needs to be curbed. It requires sincere efforts by the police, failing which many other victims of human trafficking are likely to meet the same fate, as the victim in the present case,” said additional sessions judge Kaveri Baweja while convicting Padma under sections of Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and wrongfully confining or keeping an abducted person.
While holding Padma guilty, the court pulled up the police for failing to arrest two men, who allegedly brought the victim from her native village in West Bengal to the capital in 2010. “It may also be pertinent to mention that as per the chargesheet, no efforts appear to have been made by the investigating agency to apprehend the two boys, who allegedly brought the victim to Delhi from her native village in West Bengal,” the court said.
While directing that a copy of the order be sent to the DCP, the court directed him to “look into the matter and ensure that officials functioning under him make all possible endeavours to apprehend offenders who get away by committing this heinous crime of human trafficking”. It also sought a compliance report on the same from the police.
The girl was rescued from a brothel on GB Road after a raid on August 6, 2010. The raid was conducted after the victim”s mother lodged a case. NGO Shakti Vahini was also called to the spot and the complaint of the victim was recorded.
Even as the convict sought leniency, the court trashed her plea saying, “the convict, in total disregard for the dignity of the victim, subjected her to forceful sexual intercourse and compelled her to do the work of prostitution against her will…The allegations do not, in my opinion, call for any kind of leniency towards her,” the judge said.