13 Traffickers Arrested, 4 rescued in a week

The ramifications of female foeticide in Haryana i.e. buying girls for forced marriage is in its peak as the cops arrested 13 traffickers from Haryana in a period of one week and rescued four victims.

On September 21, 2011 The City PS Sirsa, Haryana busted a sex racket in Prem Nagar area. Four persons have been arrested including Two women trafficked from Nadia District, West Bengal and Delhi. The gang used to bring girls from Eastern states and involve them in Prostitution and forced marriage.

A case was registered u/s 3/4/5/6 of Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act. The FIR number is 730/11. The police said preliminary interrogation revealed that Ramesh Bhatia, a resident of Kirti Nagar, used to bring girls from Kolkatta and Delhi for supply to Dharmender Saini, a resident of Chatargarh Patti. Saini, in turn, supplied these girls to brothels functioning in some residential areas of the town and to farmhouses of influential persons.

The two women Pooja and Sonali had been brought here about a month ago on the monthly “remuneration” of Rs 60,000 each, said sources.

 On September 19, the Seelampur police arrested a 14 year old girl from the clutches of the trafficking gang run by two women in their late 40s. According to the complaint made by the victim’s father a case of kidnapping was registered in the Seelampur Police Station. The technical surveillance led the police team in Karnak and Kurukshetra  where the girl was rescued and two traffickers Sanjida (45) and Ashuya (49) were arrested. The trafficker lured the victim on the pretext of offering her a cold drink when she lost her way to home from Khajuri Khas. The girl was then forcibly taken to Shahbad to Ashiya. Ashiya sold her to a customer for Rs.70,000.

One of the traffickers Sajida said that her husband Jaipal was also involved in the human trafficking. He had sold more than 12 girls as brides in Haryana. The woman also said that there is high demand of girls in Haryana because of the low sex ratio. Her husband was murdered five months ago by her her step son. Then involve herself in this illegal profession.

On September 12, a team of Mizoram Police, Shakti Vahini NGO and CHAN NGO from Mizoram rescued one minor girl from Rewari District Haryana and arrested 6 traffickers. The prime accused of the case the BSF Jawan Satyawan was arrested in Mizoram.

During counseling the victim it was revealed that on 6th June, 2011 Satyawan, BSF personnel of SHQ, Aizawl, Mizoram dispatched the victim to his home village Rotwal, Alwar District, Rajasthan via Guwahati (Assam). He handed her Rs. 3,000/- (Rupees three thousand) only for her journey expenses. The girl arrived New Delhi Railway Station and was received by Raju Yadav who is a brother of Satyawan Yadav. Raju in connivance with other accomplices sold the victim for sexual exploitation at Rs. 90,000/- (Rupees ninety thousand) only. Satyawan who availed leave also reached his home village Rotwal. He was paid Rs. 50,000/- (Rupees fifty thousand) only out of the sale of the girl.

It was also revealed that the victim had been seduced and exploited by the BSF personnel Satyawan posted at BSF Sector Hqrs. Durtlang, Aizawl, Mizoram. BSF Hqrs and residence of victim girl are close by at the same locality of Durtlang North, Aizawl. Mobile phone contacts made by unidentified callers to the family members of the victim traced the callers to Haryana and Rajasthan. BSF personnel Satyawan had availed leave w.e.f. 9th June, 2011. His past acquaintance with the victim and the coincidence of his leave with the disappearance of the victim pose a strong suspicion on the involvement of Satyawan on the disappearance of Sonia.

In yet another incidence two traffickers were arrested by Delhi Police and rescued one victim from Haryana. The victim was kidnapped from Seelampur in September. The girl had been sold to a farmer in Haryana for Rs.70,000. The gang involved in this case used abduct minor girls and sell them off in Haryana as brides. The victims are subjected to do house hold works in the day and to become the sexual slaves in nights.

According to Adv. Ravi Kant, President Shakti Vahini, “The situation is highly alarming. Trafficking for forced marriage is the ramification of the skewed sex ratio in Haryana.”

He added “the female foeticide in Haryana on one hand, if it is killing several innocent lives before they open the eyes, on the other it is causing serious gender imbalance which finally is devastating the lives of equally other who have been lucky enough to see this world. Like breeds the like, the evil of killing females in womb is giving rise to a chain of several other social evils like trafficking of which the female gender is at the receiving end. Due to the fall in sex ratio people are facing the shortage of Brides and for this they are resorting to trafficking to get their sons married. Recently several cases of Human Trafficking have been reported from Haryana.”



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