Eight Nepali women rescued from traffickers, claims DCW
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Wednesday claimed that they raided a hotel in central Delhi’s Paharganj and rescued eight Nepali women who were allegedly being trafficked to Gulf countries.
On the other hand, Delhi Police said in their press statement that the women have not alleged being exploited or abused, and based on the investigation conducted so far, all of them were having valid documents.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa on Thursday that it is not a case of human trafficking.
Meanwhile, DCW claimed that they had received a tip-off from an NGO KI Nepal, which informed that Nepali women were kept confined at the hotel and were being trafficked to Gulf countries.
A raid was subsequently conducted by the Commission to rescue the women.
“These women have been brought from earthquakeaffected areas in Nepal and were told that they will be given jobs in Delhi. However, they were brought to the hotel and asked to wait there,” said a DCW official.
The official added that the hotel owner did not charge them for their stay and the passports of some of the girl was taken away by their agents.
“After waiting for several days in the hotel, some without their passports, the women became concerned and desperate to return to Nepal, but had no means to do so,” the official further said.
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal, in a press statement, said, “DCW and KI Nepal rescued eight women from Hotel Omaxe Paharganj, who were being trafficked to Gulf and promised jobs in Iraq and Kuwait. The hotel is also complicit in the crime.”
“Sadly, Delhi is a major transit route for trafficking Nepalese women to Gulf. We urge the MHA and Nepal government to end this crime,” she further said.
Meanwhile, police claimed that identification documents of the women required as per law are with the hotel.
They also claimed that all the women are above 20 years of age and were being sent to a short stay home provided by an NGO attached with the Nepal embassy.
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal at the hotel from which the women were rescued