DCW Hits Out At Odisha Police Over Failure In Rescuing Trafficked Girl

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New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women has lashed out at Odisha Police over the latter’s failure in rescuing a minor girl, who was trafficked from Rourkela to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.

The minor girl from Rourkela was abducted in 2017 and trafficked to Rajasthan. She was sold to a 40-year-old man in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu for Rs 4 lakh by her sister and brother-in-law. The man forcefully married the minor girl and repeatedly raped her.

Alleging that Odisha Police is involved in the trafficking case, DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal raised questions over the conduct of Odisha Police and urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take stern action against the Police personnel involved in the matter.

“There is no doubt that Odisha Police is involved in the racket. The father of the minor girl had been requesting the police and different authorities in Odisha for more than a year. After the victim was rescued by the Odisha police, the Child Welfare Committee had instructed the former to hand over the girl to her parents. However, the police had sent the girl to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan,” said Maliwal.

She also urged the Naveen Patnaik Government to provide compensation to the girl and take steps for her rehabilitation. At present, the minor victim is in the custody of DCW and Maliwal has refused to send her to Odisha till complete assurance is given regarding her safety.

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