14-year-old domestic help rescued from city

ADITYA DEV / TIMES OF INDIA

GURGAON: In yet another case of child trafficking, a 14-year-old-girl, a native of West Bengal, was rescued on Saturday night at 10 pm from IFFCO Chowk, near Sukrali market. According to her rescuer, Childline, the girl had wandered off from a home in Sector 18 where she worked as a domestic help. She has been working there for the past three months and she left her employers house as she was not happy there. When she was crying and loitering around the IFFCO Chowkarea, a rickshaw puller got suspicious.

On enquiry, he found the contact number of a protection home in Ranchi. Subsequently, the child was rescued by Childline.Investigations revealed that the same girl was rescued from Delhi two years back and was sent to Jharkhand Protection Home on the direction of Child Welfare Committee, Lajpat Nagar, said a Childline official.

Later, the minor girl who is an orphan, went to stay with her uncle and aunt in Alipur Dwar in West Bengal, near the Indo-Bangladesh border, the official added. Lakshmi (name changed) was taken to the Sector 18 police station where an FIR was registered under Sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc) of Indian Penal Code. The child was sent for the medical examination wherein her health condition was stated to be normal.

Lakshmi will be produced before Gurgaon Child welfare Committee on Monday before any other action is taken in in the matter. Rishi Kant, spokesperson of NGO Shakti Vahini which runs Childline in Gurgaon, said, During counselling it was revealed that one Sonu from West Bengal lured Lakshmi to come to Delhi on the pretext of a lucrative job offer. According to Lakshmi, there were 15-20 more girls along with her and all of them were given to a placement agency. Sonu and another person used to torture and harass the girls who were not even provided with proper food.

All the girls there are either from West Bengal or Jharkhand, added Kant. Kant said that Lakshmi has been provided with temporary shelter at the Childline centre. She will be provided shelter as per the direction of the committee. The role of her uncle and aunt is also under the scanner.

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