Police have rescued two minor girls from Raikal in Karimnagar district,who were allegedly left by their father with a man as surety against a loan.
The man,N Jehangir,was using the girls,aged 14 and five,as farm labourers in a village in Raikal,70 km from Karimnagar. Jehangir was arrested and the girls rescued on Friday. A court sent him to judicial custody Saturday.
Raikal police sub-inspector G Koteshwara Rao said the girls father,Babulal Rao,of Machareddy in Nizamabad,had taken a loan of Rs 35,000 from Jehangir,a distant relative,a year ago. Babulal and his wife are nomadic blacksmiths. He promised to repay Jehangir within six months but could return only a small amount.
When Jehangir started pestering him,Babulal brought his two daughters to Raikal in January and left them with Jehangir. Jehangir claims that since Babulal had fallen upon hard times,he left them in his care. He says there was no understanding that the two children were a surety, the police officer said.
He said Babulal did not return and Jehangir employed the older girl as a farm labourer,with the younger helping her. The elder one said some days ago,Jehangir tried to force himself on her but let go when the girls started crying, the police officer said. On Friday,villagers of Maithapur,where the girls were working,noticed the sisters crying for help and informed the authorities.