Bangladesh Case Human Trafficking

Tribune News Service Faridabad, December 5

Two minor girls reportedly brought to Faridabad some days ago and allegedly sold for Rs 30,000 to a resident as domestic helpers have been rescued. The girls, one of whom is a Bangladeshi national and the other is from West Bengal, have been lodged at a protection home.The girls, aged around 14 years, were allegedly sold as housemaids by a trafficker to the owner of a house in sector 16 here recently. They managed to escape from the house on Wednesday night.

While they reportedly tried to hide behind a vehicle parked near the main market, taxi driver Raju spotted them and asked them about their identity. Raju informed NGO Shakti Vahini whose representatives took the girls to the police station where their statement was recorded. While one of them said she was brought here from West Bengal’s 24 Parganas district on the promise of suitable employment, the other was from a village near the Bangladesh border.

Her exact address is yet to be ascertained.“We have traced the parents of the girl who is from West Bengal and have asked them to come here to get their daughter’s custody,” said Rishikant of Shakti Vahini. Stating that Childline, another NGO, had also played a vital role in the girls’ rescue, he said both would stay at a protection home till their repatriation.

A medical test has been ordered to detect the correct age of both girls. The district child welfare committee has asked the police to lodge a FIR.Though this is perhaps the first such case this year in the district, two victims of trafficking – including a 10-year-old girl — were rescued from Rohtak and Faridabad last December. At least four other trafficked victims were rescued from other parts of the state in the past year.


One in five domestic workers in the Capital report sexual abuse

One in five domestic workers in the Capital report sexual abuse

One in five domestic workers in the Capital report sexual abuse


They come to Delhi from the boondocks with dreams of a job, and most often with the hope of not going to bed on an empty stomach. Instead, they encounter an ugly reality – backbreaking work with no pay, little to eat, sexual abuse and physical assault.

Women and child rights activists claimed that one in every five domestic worker rescued in Delhi complains of sexual abuse, either by the employer or people in the ‘placement agency’ that helps her get the job. Shakti Vahini and Bachpan Bachao Andolan claimed that they rescued 220 housemaids last year, most of them juveniles. Every fifth rescued girl told a similar story of sexual abuse by their employer or the placement agency owner, officials of the two NGOs said.

It was always suspected that those who run these agencies sexually abuse the youngsters the moment they reach Delhi, but it was confirmed last week when an 18-year-old girl was rescued from southeast Delhi. The teen from Jharkhand’s Gumla alleged that her placement agency owner raped her and she was forced to undergo an abortion.

‘That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the girls prefer silence to the stigma of rape. ‘They sometimes drop hints, but don’t reveal much,’ Nishi Kant of Shakti Vahini said. The Capital’s heartless neorich prefer ‘beautiful girls’ to do their household chores.

We were horrified when we learnt that physical appearance is a criterion in the business,’ an activist said. A survey carried out by women rights activists found that the city has around 2,000 illegal placement agencies.

Calling these ‘maid shops’ the bedrock of human trafficking, the activists said the agencies operate a vicious cycle that completely breaches the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act.

These agencies were registered as shops, societies or NGOs and they thrive on the lack of strict government control to check this nefarious business. They are mostly concentrated in Nehru Place, Sarita Vihar, Govind Puri, Model Town, Shakarpur, Laxmi Nagar and Punjabi Bagh. ‘There should be guidelines because child labour is a crime. The youngsters should be registered in their native places as well,’ Nishi Kant said.

One in five domestic workers in the Capital’s ‘maid shops’ report sexual abuse

Child rights activists demand CBI probe


 NEW DELHI: Disappointed with the pace of the probe into alleged cases of sexual abuse at Arya Anathalaya, affected families, city residents and NGOs protested at Jantar Mantar and demanded a CBI inquiry on Monday.

Members of about two dozen NGOs, including Udayan Care, Haq: Centre for Child Rights, Aangan, Shakti Vahini, among others, demanded justice for the 11-year-old girl who died last December as well as for the other children.

Dissatisfied with the response of the authorities, former chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, Dr Bharti Sharma, said: “The government has taken no action till now. A committee has been formed but what is it doing? We want a CBI probe into the case”.

Other than a CBI probe, the protestors also demanded immediate dissolution of the orphanage management , dismissal of the accused staff, protection for the victims and setting up of an alternative management committee. The protesters plan to submit a memorandum of their demands to the LG and the ministry of home affairs.

Reacting to the protest, president of the orphanage’s managing committee Viresh Pratap Chaudhry said the dharna was uncalled for. In a press statement, Chaudhary said, “When a PIL is pending on the subject, an administrator has been appointed by the lieutenant governor to oversee the functioning and management of two institutions in Pataudi House (Daryaganj), and the work of administrator is being monitored by Delhi High Court, a dharna to demand further action and even a CBI inquiry is a gross abuse of the process of honourable high court.”

Last week, HC had asked the government if media pressure led to the setting up of the probe panel.

Fear makes most victims suffer in silence




New Delhi: About 50% of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse by people known to them and who are in a position of trust and responsibility. According to child psychiatrists,due to increased communication gap between children and parents many of these cases do not get reported.The victims suffer in silence as has been highlighted by the year-long abuse of the three sibling in the capital which got exposed only after the neighbours alerted the police. Mostly,children dont report the assaults to anyone.The perpetrators of the sexual violence are people whom they trust and who are known to family members.Also,the perpetrators threaten them with dire consequences if they tell anyone about it, said Dr Jitender Nagpal,consultant psychiatrist,Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Sciences (VIMHANS).

He said the abuse of both male and female child is common.Abused children suffer from low self-esteem,poor management of negative emotions and weak communication and social skills, said Nagpal.



Rishi Kant,a child rights activist,said: A government commissioned survey conducted in 2007 stated that 53% of children are subjected to sexual abuse.The survey which covered different forms of child abuse physical,sexual and emotional found that two out of every three children have been physically abused.Three years down the line,the number of cases have increased but no steps have been taken by the government to punish the perpetrators of sexual abuse and violence or to sensitise children about this.Few schools have counsellors with whom the children can share their grievances.

Nagpal said: The perpetrators often refer to children in pure or angelic terms using words like innocent,divine and pure to describe them.Parents should be alert about such traits.Parents need to communicate with their wards as much as possible.

The involvement of students as young as 14 years in the recent criminal act is reflective of the negative impact of exposure to sexual images in media and internet. Delhi health minister Kiran Walia,who is the minister for women and child development in the state,said that the government will appoint counsellors in schools.The legal redressal has to be quick and as stringent as possible in these cases, she said.

Trauma, scars won’t go away easily


New Delhi: Fear played a major part in the children not reporting the matter to their mother. Whenever the girl refused to have sex with the accused, Lalit Ratawal allegedly used to threaten he would kill her brothers.

The mother is, of course, shattered. She is unable to comprehend what needs to be done to get them out of their traumatic state. Since Friday night, the children were at Prasad Nagar police station, and later on Saturday they were taken to Tis Hazari where their testimony was recorded before a magistrate. Child activists and psychologists said all the media attention can aggravate their trauma. ‘‘Sensitive handling of the victims is required in such cases. Police investigation should not be carried out hurriedly at the cost of care required for the victims. They need to be kept in a quiet environment where there is family support,’’ said Dr Nimesh Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IBHAS).



He said that while de-addiction is possible in a month, it may take years for the children to come out of the mental trauma. The NGO facilitating treatment and counselling told TOI on Saturday that the brothers — 10 and seven years respectively — have become addicted to the drugs their abuser routinely administered to them. The victims were produced before a member of the child welfare committee late in the evening on Saturday. Raj Mangal Prasad, chairperson of the child welfare committee, said he got to know about the case from the media. ‘‘Action for care, protection, treatment and rehabilitation of the victims will be taken up on Monday,’’ Prasad said.

‘‘They are traumatized and unable to speak much about the actions of the accused. There is an acute sense of helplessness. The girl says she is always feeling sleepy and displays no emotions due to what she put up with silently for such a long time,’’ said Rashi Aditi Ghosh, a counsellor with Shakti Vahini, an NGO.


As per the a government’s commissioned survey released by the ministry of women and child development three years ago, more than 53% of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse, but most don’t report the matter

Who are the perpetrators?
Parents and relatives, people known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility. It can be the neighbours, teachers, employers, police and strangers

What should parents do?
Children upto 3-4 years should not be left in the care of anyone other than parents
Parents should interact more with their children — about their school, friends and classes
There should not be a communication gap between parents and children
Sex education should be encouraged
Children should be counselled about the ‘right touch’ and ‘wrong touch’
If the child withdraws from daily activities or avoids school or refuses to meet anyone parents should enquire about the reasons Most of the time, abused children avoid going to the place where they undergo the exploitation Children should be encouraged to report matter


Psychological problems Lack of sleep Anxiety and panic attack Physical discomfort like nausea, vomiting and headache Angry outbursts Acute sense of helplessness

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