A special sessions court on Wednesday convicted a 30-year-old man for trafficking a West Bengal-based 16-year-old girl in 2011. The court awarded the convict ten years of rigorous imprisonment.
A missed call leading to a love affair with a false promise of marriage had led the victim to being trafficked to over ten men in the city, according to the prosecution’s case, based on the victim’s statement to the police.
In October, 2011, the victim allegedly received a missed call from the accused, Arab Ali Ashraf. She returned the call, but the accused did not take the call.
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Ashraf immediately confessed his love for the victim, after he called her again. “I gave him a wrong name. He told me that he was in love with me and kept calling for weeks.
I gave in my real name eventually, but he insisted on marrying me. We spoke for five hours in the day about us getting married,” the victim said in her statement.
The minor, further, alleged that on November 9, 2011 Ashraf asked her to meet him at Barasat Railway station, from where her took her to his uncle’s house. He allegedly raped her in the house, after which he brought her to Mumbai after assuring her that he would marry her.
The court convicted Ashraf under sections 366(A) (abduction), 376(rape), 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and other sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act. The second accused, Raja, is still at large and Kamble was acquitted during the trial.