Girl rescued from the clutch of human trafficker

NEW DELHI: A 16-year-old girl was rescued from the clutches of a human trafficker, who had lured her to accompany him from Assam to Delhi by promising to marry her.

The anti-kidnapping squad of the crime branch of Delhi Police along with members of NGO Shakti Vahini rescued her on May 5 when the accused was negotiating with a decoy customer to sell her off. The girl is a native of Kamrup district of Assam.

According to DCP (crime) Ashok Chand, the trafficker was demanding Rs 1.5 lakh from the decoy customer.

"During counselling, the girl said that the trafficker used to talk to her over phone often and soon they became close. On April 27, the accused, identified as Ismail Ahmed, along with the girl left Assam for Delhi. Ahmed had promised her that he would marry her once they reached the capital,'' said Rishikant, a senior member of Shakti Vahini.

After reaching Delhi, Ahmed postponed the marriage on one pretext or the other. In the meantime, the two developed a physical relationship. On May 1, Ahmed took her to Kanpur and reached their destination the next morning. They returned the same day. In Delhi, Ahmed kept the girl in a placement agency office at Shakurpur. The girl said she was not given food properly.

"After a medical test the girl was sent to the children home, Nirmal Chaya, as per the order of the Child Welfare Committee. In the meantime, the NGO officials contacted her parents, and her father and elder brother are on their way to Delhi,'' said Rishikant.

During interrogation of the accused, cops found out that Ahmed is married and has four kids. He is from Nagaon district of Assam. "We hope to arrest some more people in the case. Investigation in the matter is also on in some places in UP,'' said Chand.

An FIR under section 363 (kidnapping), 366A (procurement of minor girl) and 376 (rape) has been lodged against the accused.