Minor Girl From State Rescued

NEW DELHI, Feb 10:  A 14-year old Nepali girl from Manipur was rescued by Gurgaon Police from being sold off in a marriage. Victim was seduced, sexually abused and raped by the accused trafficker named Bikku Ranpal (24) who has brought the minor girl from her native village in Manipur.

According to information received by the North East Support Centre & Helpline, parents of the minor girl lodged a case of human trafficking at Awang Sekmai Police Station, Imphal West District, Manipur under FIR No. 08/2011 registered under section 366A/368/370/372/420/34 of IPC.

After being rescued, Shakti Vahini, a NGO has been giving shelter to victim and her parents are scheduled to reach National capital within a day or two.

Nishi Kant of Shakti Vahini told North East Support Centre & Helpline that the Accused was caught from a basement of Sector 56 apartment in Gurgaon while he attempted to sell off the minor girl in a marriage.

However, the accused has denied the charges asserting that he eloped with the girl with intention to marry her.

On the other hand, the victim has confessed that accused man abused her sexually and raped repeatedly. She was rescued while accused Bikku Ranpal was selling her off in a marriage to another man for Rs 50,000.

North East Support Centre & Helpline has spoken to OC AK Shantikumar, in-charge of Awang Sekmai Police station who confirmed the case registered by the parents of the victim.  Manipur Govt is planning to send a team of police to Gurgaon to receive girl.

Spokesperson of North East Support Centre & Helpline Madhu Chandra, while speaking to Manipur Police has questioned, “Seducing, abusing sexually and raping a minor girl of 14 years old, if it is not a form of human trafficking then what it is?

The issue of human trafficking is a huge challenge for North East India communities. Due to socio-political unrest in the region, backwardness of economic, lack of educational opportunities, young women and men are easily targeted with false promise of giving jobs.

“When North East boys and girls migrate to Delhi and NCR, they are racially profiled and women became vulnerable to sexual violence,” Madhu Chandra said.

“We have taken up the matter of human trafficking challenges in North East India with civil societies, religious bodies and appeal to Nagaland and Manipur Government to adopt law, policy and plan of action,” he informed Series of awareness seminars were held at Dimapur, Kakching and Imphal on January 28, 30 and 31 and a network has been formed with various section of societies to tackle the challenges of human trafficking.

North East Support Centre & Helpline has appealed to Manipur Police and Nagaland Government to setup anti-human trafficking cells at every exit points. Dimapur is exit point for the State of Manipur, Nagaland and Assam and Awang Sekmai for Manipur.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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