39 trafficked Nepali girls, all earthquake victims, rescued from Delhi hotel

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In a sensational development 39 trafficked Nepali girls were rescued from a Delhi hotel, where they were kept for trafficking purpose.

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Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal took to Twitter to inform how the women’s panel had managed to stop them from being trafficked to gulf countries. She tweeted, “DCW received tip off and rescued 39 Nepali girls from Hotel Hriday Inn, Paharganj. Raid lasted the entire night and assistance was provided by Delhi Police. Entire hotel had only trafficked Nepali girls who were being sent to Gulf countries. Huge trafficking racket busted!”

A statement from the DCW said that the girls were in the age group of 18 to 30 years and had been trafficked from earthquake affected regions of Nepal. They were reportedly brought to the national capital on the pretext of getting them gainfully employed.

The hotel, according to DCW officials, housed only Nepali girls and no money was taken from them. “Their ‘agents’ used to pay the hotel. The girls were being sent to Gulf countries and Sri Lanka,” the statement read.

Poonam (name changed) informed DCW Chief that her sister had already been sent by the traffickers to Sri Lanka and she was not able to contact her ever since. She said that she had been pleading her trafficker to return her passport and allow her to go back to Nepal but he had turned down her request. Most girl there shared similar harrowing stories.

The girls were rescued and sent for medical examination and were brought to the Police Station at 11 am. However, the police did not shift the girls to shelter homes until now and they have been made to wait at the police station, said the DCW. Maliwal said that she was aggrieved by the development by the lack of response from the cops adding that and the rescued women and girls were feeling very upset and tired and making them wait in this condition was tantamount to further victimisation of those already being brutalised.

This was DCW’s third rescue operation within a week. Altogether 73 Nepali girls have been rescued till now from three different places in Delhi namely Munirka, Maidangarhi and Paharganj.

Maliwal said, “Poorest of poor women and girls of Nepal are being exploited. Delhi is slowly becoming ‘Trafficking Capital’ of the world. When will Home minister of the country Rajnath Singh ji will take cognizance? I appeal to Rajnath Singh ji to call an emergency meeting with LG and DCW over human trafficking rackets running in Delhi.”

“They have no savings. We are appealing to Nepal Government and NGOs working in Nepal to ensure jobs for them. So that they don’t fall prey to trafficking rackets again”, she added.

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