Trans­gen­ders res­cue Bi­har girl sold by par­ents to traf­ficker

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BHABUA:A group of trans­gen­ders in Al­la­habad played good Sa­mar­i­tan to a Bi­har’s mi­nor girl by res­cu­ing her from a train on which she was trav­el­ling with a Jhark­hand man who had al­legedly bought her from her par­ents for a big amount. The girl was safely sent to her mar­ried cousin in Kaimur where the vic­tim lodged a case against her par­ents on Fri­day.

Kaimur po­lice af­ter reg­is­ter­ing a zero FIR sent her state­ment to po­lice at Nawada, the girl’s home district, for reg­is­ter­ing a case against the par­ents and two oth­ers un­der Child Mar­riage Act and rel­e­vant sec­tions of POCSO Act, sub di­vi­sional po­lice of­fi­cer (SDPO), Bhabua, Ajay Prasad said.

He said Nawada’s SP and sub di­vi­sional po­lice of­fi­cer had been in­formed about the in­ci­dent on phone.

The 15-year-old girl from a Nawada vil­lage al­leged that her par­ents had sold her off to a 50-year-old man from Giridih in Jhark­hand for mar­riage against pay­ment of Rs 1.5 lakh. The girl said she was a Class 9 stu­dent and wanted to study fur­ther, but her par­ents in­sisted on her mar­riage. She re­it­er­ated that money changed hands be­tween her par­ents and the prospec­tive groom.

“Be­sides my par­ents, my two un­cles in­tox­i­cated me be­fore sell­ing me to the Jhark­hand man. When I re­gained con­scious­ness, I put up a strong op­po­si­tion and de­nied to go with the groom. But my par­ents and un­cles cheated with me, say­ing the man had no in­ten­tion to marry me. In­stead, he would keep me like his daugh­ter and pro­vide all op­por­tu­nity for fur­ther stud­ies in achiev­ing a

A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM A NAWADA VIL­LAGE AL­LEGED THAT HER PAR­ENTS HAD SOLD HER OFF TO A 50-YEAROLD MAN FROM GIRIDIH IN JHARK­HAND FOR MAR­RIAGE AGAINST PAY­MENT OF RS 1.5 LAKH

bright ca­reer. I gave up and went with him to Giridih,” the girl told po­lice.

She al­leged that in Giridih, the old man tried to rape, when she re­volted and fled back home. But, at her house, the par­ents and un­cles as­saulted her and forced her to go back to her ‘hus­band’s’ home.

Early this week, the man as­sur­ing her to take her on a hon­ey­moon at a sea shore des­ti­na­tion, boarded a train with her for Pune. Dur­ing his dis­cus­sion with some­one on phone, she got to know that he had sold her to a Pune man for Rs 6 lakh, who would have put her into flesh trade. She in­stantly planned to es­cape. When the train reached Al­la­habad rail­way sta­tion, she met some trans­gen­ders and nar­rated them about her suf­fer­ings.

The trans­gen­ders res­cued her and took her to Pandit Deen Dayal Upad­hyay (Mughal­sarai) sta­tion. They also helped her to reach the house of her mar­ried cousin sis­ter at Bare vil­lage in Kaimur district and in­formed her par­ents.

Her mother in­stantly rushed to Bare vil­lage and once again threat­ened her to re­turn to her hus­band but the girl flatly de­nied. The mother, on Thurs­day, tried to lodge a case against her rela-

SHE AL­LEGED THAT IN GIRIDIH, THE OLD MAN TRIED TO RAPE, WHEN SHE RE­VOLTED AND FLED BACK HOME. BUT, HER PAR­ENTS AND UN­CLES AS­SAULTED HER AND FORCED HER TO GO BACK TO HER ‘HUS­BAND’S’ HOME

tives, mainly the girl’s broth­erin-law Babloo Pandey, ac­cus­ing him of kid­nap­ping ad il­le­gally con­fin­ing her daugh­ter at their house. Po­lice in­ter­vened and the girl was brought be­fore SDPO Prasad where she nar­rated her or­deals.

Prasad sent the girl to woman po­lice sta­tion, Bhabua for record­ing her state­ment and fur­ther ac­tion. The vic­tim is now wait­ing for strin­gent ac­tion against her par­ents by Nawada po­lice.

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