A 16-year-old girl who was trafficked to Delhi and sold at a brothel on GB Road was rescued after she managed to call her father and give a clue that there was a tea stall outside the house she was being held captive. Her father and brother travelled to Delhi, managed to locate the house and find her after posing as customers.
In her statement to police, the girl said that in April she met a youth in her village near Basanti in West Bengal who offered to get her a job in Delhi. However, after reaching the capital, he sold her to a brothel on GB Road. She was locked up in a room at kotha number 70 and sexually assaulted by several people.
A missing complaint was lodged by her parents at the local police station, which was later converted into a case of kidnapping.
Earlier this month, the girl managed to borrow a phone from someone and called her father telling him that she was somewhere on GB Road, something she had heard from people conversing there. The family informed the local police, but no action was allegedly taken by them. The family then found out that the number was from Delhi.
The girl’s father and brother went to GB Road and located the tea stall outside the kotha from the girl’s description. “When I tried to enter the house, I was stopped by several people. My son and I then decided to pose as customers. My son entered a room and found my daughter there,” said the girl’s father. The family got in touch with the NGO Shakti Vahini through policemen in Basanti and approached Kamla Market police station for help.
DCP (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said a team raided the house and rescued the girl. “We handed over the girl to her family members after recording her statement. The information will be shared with West Bengal Police to take action accordingly,” Randhawa added.