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» 08/11/2010
INDIA
Victims of anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa, kidnapped for prostitution
by Madhu Chandra
Two sisters enticed to the capital to work and then sold as servants, forced to suffer beatings and violence. The police reject the report of one of the girls freed, unconcerned by human trafficking.

New Delhi (AsiaNews / AICC) - A 16 year old girl was freed from the hands of a group that for days had been beating and abusing of her and had want to force her into prostitution. The girl was released yesterday in the district of Rohini (Delhi) thanks to the police, Human Rights Law Network and All India Christian Council. The girl belongs to one of the families of victims of anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa. The police however refused to file the girl's report against her traffickers.

The girl, Jyothi [name changed for security reasons], said that she and her sister 19 years were enticed to the capital with the promise of receiving a job. The call came from a woman of Kandhamal (Orissa) that they knew who knew of the poverty in which the girl's family lives. Jyothi and her sister, along with two other sisters, were brought to Delhi in December 2009 and sold to a trafficker named Sakhi Maid Beur in the village of Ratala. The trafficker kept her for six days harassing her, abusing her, forcing her to drink and beating her. Jyothi said that her sister and the two other girls have undergone the same treatment.

Jyothi was later moved to a house in Rohini where she was a servant and where some family members constantly tried to rape her.

The trafficker said he would withdraw Jyothi’s salary and send it to Kandhamal, to her mother, a poor and illiterate woman, who lives in the forest, also a victim of anti-Christian violence in August 2008.

It was indeed the mother who warned the All India Christian Council and who travelled to Delhi to free the girls. But there is no trace of her other daughter.

The complete blindness of Sudir Kumar, Prashant Vihar police chief (Rohini), to the entire episode is shocking. He has refused to file the girls report because her medical report does not say that she was raped. The crime of human trafficking does not seem to interest the law. The group who released Jyothi have decided to appeal to the Police Commissioner and the courts.

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See also
09/30/2008 INDIA
Anti-Christian violence getting worse
08/23/2010 INDIA
A people's court to bring justice to victims of Orissa
by Santosh Digal
04/19/2011 INDIA
Orissa, fundamentalists attack Hindu for friendship with Christians
by Santosh Digal
04/21/2010 INDIA
New acquittals for people who attacked Christians in Orissa
by Nirmala Carvalho
07/15/2010 INDIA
India, world hub in human trafficking
by Santosh Digal

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