Wednesday, August 11, 2010

16 Years Old Girl Rescued from Human Traffickers in Delhi

New Delhi, 10 August 2010

A combined team of All India Christian Council (AICC) and Human Rights Law Network's (HRLN) Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives along with the help of local police rescued a 16-years-old girl last night from Rohini, Delhi. Police refused to register complaint against the traffickers.

Jyothi (name changed), a victim of Orissa's Communal Violence 2008, was trafficked along with her 19-years-old elder sister and two other young girls to Delhi in December 2009. They were sold off to a placement agent called "Sakhi Maid Bureau" located at Ratla village, Rohini, Delhi, where Jyothi and other girls were sexually abused and repeatedly attempted to rape for six days by Mr. Monto, the owner of placement agency. Later she was sent to work as domestic help at Mr. Suresh Kumar's house a resident of House No. 121-122, D2, Rohini Sector 11, New Delhi with one year contract since January 2010. Jyothi was sexually abused by the member of the family where she works as domestic help. She bears the marks biting and nails on her body.

Jyothi was rescued from the house of Mr. Suresh Kumar at around 7 pm yesterday (on 9 August 2010) with the help of Prasant Vihar Police Station, Rohini, Delhi. As soon as Jyothi's mother, who was accompanied by rescue team saw her daughter sitting at the veranda of the accused house, ran to hold her in tears and broke down.

Jyothi narrated her story how she was trafficked to Delhi and how she was abused, beaten, assaulted and threaten first at placement agency house for six days then by the members of the family where she was sent to work.

The police officer who was incharge of investigation was cooperative during the process, from filing the written complaint at 12 midnight to taking the victim along with woman's police for medical examination at Bhagavan Mahavir Hospital, Pitampura, Delhi, which took six hours till the next morning. The investigation officer, who stayed throughout the night, informed the rescue team to come back at 11 am today (10 August 2010) along with the victim and her mother for filing the First Information Report (FIR) and to proceed to arrest the accused.

Though the police was cooperative in the initial stage they changed their attitude later. When the rescue team arrived at the police station at 12 noon they were shocked and surprised when Mr. Sudhir Kumar, Station House Officer of Prasant Vihar Police station refused to register the complaint, saying that, "No rape took place to the victim as per the medical examination and no need of case registration against anyone." The matter was then taken to the Additional Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sukhvir Singh of South Rohini police station. He has assured to instruct his junior police officer on duty to register the complaint and action taken accordingly. Until the filing of this report, no complaint was registered and no action taken.

Jyothi is still traumatized while her mother wails for the second daughter who is still under the custody of same placement agency. All India Christian Council and Human Rights Law Network will approach the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on 11 August 2010 and seek intervention from the court to book the placement agent as and also instruct the concerned police authority to take action as per the law of the land.

Legal help to victims of communal violence in Kandhmal is jointly running by Human Rights Law Network and All India Christian Council. Advocate Lansinglu who is a consultation for Legal help for Kandhmal victims says, "Human trafficking agents operation in tribal belt of Orissa have targeted the Christian girls who are displaced by the Kandhmal communal violence. We have been receiving complaints of missing girls from Kandhmal after the violence broken out in 2008."

Rescue team was led by Ms Karuna Dayal, Coordinator, Anti Human Trafficking Initiatives of Human Rights Law Network and Advocate Lansinglu Rongmei, Legal Secretary of All India Christian Council along with Madhu Chandra, PRO-All India Christian Council, Afsar Ahmed from HRLN, Adv. Diviya Jyoti Jaipiria from HRLN, Sangram from HRLN and Ashis Kumar Subodh from AICC.

The All India Christian Council (, founded in 1998, exists to protect and serve the Christian community, minorities, and the oppressed people. The aicc is a coalition of thousands of Indian denominations, organizations, and lay leaders.

Madhu Chandra
PRO - All India Christian Council