Bengal Women Tipped Off DCW About BrothelPankhuri.Yadav@timesgroup.com
Two women who managed to escape the brothel on GB Road where they were subjected to inhuman acts were taken into safe custody by Delhi Commission for Women on Tuesday. The women, both residents of West Bengal, had been trafficked to Delhi a few years ago.
Officials from DCW learnt about the women from a phone call received on its 181 Women Helpline. A team of counsellors reached Nizamuddin in south Delhi from where the call had been made. There, they found the two women waiting for help to arrive. They told the officials that a man in Nizamuddin had volunteered to help them and called the helpline.
The DCW team noticed burn marks on the necks and faces of the pair, and on enquiring found that the brothel owner had subjected them to severe abrasion with pumice stones and chemicals as well as application of creams because they were dark complexioned and bad for the business.
Based on the information given by the rescued women, an FIR was filed at the Kamla Market police station. The cops raided brothel No 5211 on GB Road on Tuesday night. Reshma, the brothel owner, was arrested, but her associate, Shaina, managed to evade the police team.
The older 28-year-old woman informed DCW officials that she met a woman in her home city of Kolkata who promised her a job in Delhi. She was directed to meet a man at Sealdah railway station, who made her board a train to the capital. At the Anand Vihar railway station, a man met her and took her to Reshma. After a fake Aadhaar card was made for her, she was beaten and threatened with death if she refused to entertain customers.
The second woman, 20 years old, also belonged to West Bengal and was trafficked to Delhi after being promised a job in the city.
Reshma had brought the women back to the red-light district a few days ago after having shifted them to Yamuna Vihar following police raids in GB Road. The pair managed to flee on Tuesday and reached Nizamuddin. Attempts were made by the cops to rescue other girls from the location in Yamuna Vihar, but the two women were unable to provide the exact address of their incarceration.
Swati Maliwal, DCW chairperson, said on Wednesday, “I am nauseated by the collusion and apathy of the authorities towards the human trafficking racket in GB Road. Both the women have described the unspeakable horrors while living there. I appeal to the people of Delhi and West Bengal to support these girls and assist the commission in rehabilitating them.”
Based on what the two women said, police raided the GB Road brothel