NEW DELHI: Police have rescued a 16-year-old girl, who was brought to Delhi on the pretext of a job and was subsequently “sold” and sexually exploited for a year, from outer Delhi’s Nihal Vihar.
Three persons, including two women, were arrested by the police after the girl managed to flee from the clutches of her tormentor and sought help from an acquaintance, police said.
The girl, who belongs to a village near Begusarai in Bihar, was brought to Delhi in March last year by a woman after assuring her family that she would work here as a domestic help.
The woman kept her at her house in Nihal Vihar where her live-in partner sexually exploited the girl for a month. He worked as a driver and after a month left the house.
The woman then took the victim to another woman in Paharganj and “sold” her.
The girl was told by the woman, who had brought her from Bihar, that she would return soon to take her back, according to the police.
The girl was pushed into prostitution by the other woman, who used to pay Rs 10,000 to the woman who had brought the girl from Bihar, said a senior police officer.
The girl was kept captive in a room in Nabi Karim and was not allowed to meet or talk to anyone. Whenever she would ask for the woman who had brought her there, she would be given vague answers, he added.
Last week, the girl managed to flee from Paharganj and reached Nihal Vihar. The girl was sold by the woman again, this time to one Vivek, who sexually abused her three-four times, he added.
Three days ago, the girl again manged to free herself and sought help from a woman who lived near the accused woman’s house.
The neighbour brought the girl to the police station, following which the girl was sent for medical examination and a case was registered, he said.
Rajender Singh Sagar, additional deputy commissioner of police (Outer), said, “Three of the accused have been arrested in the case. We are on the lookout for the man who had sexually exploited her last year. The girl has been sent to Nirmal Chhaya (shelter).”
Police said that they have found the girl’s address in Bihar and will be contacting her family.