Trafficked Ranchi girls rescued in Delhi, one held

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RANCHI: Two trafficked girls from Ranchi were rescued in Delhi-NCR on Thursday when police teams from Ranchi, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh conducted raids, jointly with an NGO, at two places.

An 18-year-old girl was rescued from a house in Ghaziabad. Rishi Kant, member of Shakti Vahini, an NGO that was part of the rescue team, said, “The girl informed us that she was trafficked by one Ravinder Kumar Rathi alias Akash Rathi and his wife Fulkriya Rathi, four years ago. She was then made to work as domestic help at Sandeep Madaan’s house in Ghaziabad from where she was rescued.”

Rishi said the girl also mentioned that her employer used to pay her salary of Rs 2,700 to Ravinder every month in cheque. But her parents did not receive any money so far.

Another 19-year-old girl was rescued from West Enclave area in Delhi. The girl said she was trafficked by Ravinder, the same person who was involved in the earlier trafficking case, six years ago.

She was kept in a placement agency – Goodwill Placement Agency – for a night and the next day she was sent to work at a house. During these six years, she was not paid for her work.

“The girls were trafficked and then made to work in houses without any payment. Besides, they were confined to the house they worked in and not allowed to step out. This is not just an issue of trafficking but also bonded labour and action should be taken against the employers as well,” said Rishi.

Accused of trafficking, Ravinder has been arrested by Delhi Police under different cases. Rishi said, “Police sources say that Ravinder has trafficked around 50 girls in the past four years and both the victims were trafficked along with a group of girls.”

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