The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo-motu cognizance of media reports of hundreds of tribal girls who have been lured to the metros,particularly Delhi,on the pretext of being provided employment and have ended up leading miserable lives as domestic helps.
Earlier this month,two girls were trafficked to Delhi from Khunti district,Jharkhand,by their neighbour,who promised to find them jobs as domestic help. Both were found dead under mysterious circumstances with a gap of two days one in Delhi,the other in Ranchi.
Taking cognizance of the case,the NHRC observed that the contents of press reports,if true,is a serious violation of human rights of children. The NHRC has now issued notices to the DGP,Jharkhand,and the Delhi Police Commissioner to submit a report on the matter within four weeks.
The girls,both 14 years old,were abducted from their school and brought to Delhi on April 11 by one Chandumani,who worked as a domestic help in Chirag Dilli.
Later that week,Chandumani claimed,one of the girls complained of a headache. She died while she was being taken to a local hospital. The Malviya Nagar police in South Delhi was informed of the matter. Police said,prima facie it seemed the death was natural and that the girl was suffering from low blood pressure and was reportedly malnourished.
However,the body was preserved at the AIIMS mortuary for a post mortem examination; the report of which is due.
Chandumani asked her daughter to take the other girl back to her parents. However,a day later,the second girl also died at the Ranchi railway station. Jharkhand police said the girls viscera had been preserved and that a chemical examination would be conducted.