Three women from Assam rescued in Rajasthan

Bundi (Rajasthan), Nov 16 (PTI) Three women labourers from Assam, including a minor, were rescued from a farmhouse in the district today where they were allegedly tortured for over three months.

Reena (16), her mother Savetri Rajbar (40) and Neeta Sharma (50) were rescued from Lakshmipura village after villagers heard the screams of the victims in the farmhouse, police said.

District Women Congress President Rekha Kalosiya, who has extended shelter to the victims, told PTI that the women were brought from Haryana on the pretext of being employed as labourers for daily wages. However, upon their arrival in Lakshmipura the farmhouse owner had forced Reena to marry his younger brother.

"When Reena and her mother refused the marriage proposal, the owners tied their hands and feet, and tortured and harassed them brutally," said Kalosiya.

However, Additional SP Nand Lal Pavan said, "Torture to the women has not been proved so far".

The farmhouse owners, Naresh Malik and his brother Sunil Malik, have been taken into custody and a case of alleged harassment, exploitation and torture of the three women have been lodged against them, police said, adding no arrest has been made.