Girl from Hajo rescued in Haryana


NEW DELHI, Oct 4 – A minor Assamese girl hailing from Hajo was rescued from Shahpur village of Jind district in Haryana on Monday.

The 17-year-old girl, who was forced to change her religion, was rescued by a joint team of Haryana Police and the non-government organisation Shakti Vahini. She was lured by one person in Assam on the pretext of marrying her. He brought her to Delhi and sold to one Rakesh of Jind for Rs 25,000, according to Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini. Rakesh married her forcefully and she was allegedly subjected to slavery.

The victim’s family reported that she had gone missing from her house on April 25. They approached the Hajo Police Station in May. The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit Assam Police informed Shakti Vahini to assist the parents of the trafficked victim to rescue their daughter. A team of Shakti Vahini got in touch with Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of Haryana Police. With the help of Jind Police, the victim was located in Shahpur village. Preliminary enquiries revealed that the girl was five months’ pregnant. The victim has indicated that she wanted to go back home, as she has been forced into marriage.

After the medical examination, the girl was produced before the SDM, Jind district and the victim has been sent to the Nari Niketan, Karnal. The victim’s parents were asked to produce authentic documents to prove their real parenthood. A team of Assam Police is on its way to Haryana to investigate the matter. The girl’s parents have also reached Jind.

According to Advocate Ravi Kant, President, Shakti Vahini, the situation is alarming. Trafficking for forced marriage is the ramification of the skewed sex ratio in Haryana. It is to be noted that skewed sex ratio is leading to trafficking of women and children from the north-eastern region.

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