Bangladeshi woman escapes from traffickers in Haryana

Representatives of the rights NGO Shakti Vahini were with her,but it remained unclear until late where she would stay for the night.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:September 29, 2013 1:32 am

A 22-year-old Bangladeshi woman who escaped from alleged traffickers in Haryana,knocked on the doors of the police and Dhaka’s high commission in Delhi for several hours on Saturday for help. Representatives of the rights NGO Shakti Vahini were with her,but it remained unclear until late where she would stay for the night.

The woman told the Delhi Police’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) that she had come to Kolkata in search of work,and had been then lured to Delhi with the promise of a job in a hospital. However,she was sold to a man in a village in Haryana’s Rohtak district instead. She was allegedly beaten,tortured and locked in a room after she refused to submit to sexual exploitation. She,however,found a friend in another woman who had been kept in the house.

On Friday,the two women tried to call the Haryana Police several times using a mobile phone that their captors had provided to the Bangladeshi woman so that she could speak with a client.

On Saturday morning,the women managed to escape,and were able to get in touch with the Kolkata Police,who apparently advised them to approach Shakti Vahini. Representatives of the NGO then took them to the AHTU office in Rohini around 4 pm.

The woman refused to register a complaint as per procedure,and insisted that she be sent home. Hours of counselling by AHTU ACP Arun Kumar and Shakti Vahini failed to persuade her.

Multiple phone calls later,the police sent the woman and the NGO’s representatives to the high commission,where they were waiting until late at night.

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