Delhi Police’s statement adds new twist to claims of trafficking of Nepali girls

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The Delhi Police on Wednesday issued a statement countering the claims that Nepali girls, found from a city hotel, had been trafficked to Delhi before they could have been sent to gulf countries.

In a series of tweets, the official Twitter handle of DCP Central Delhi said, “Last night 53 women of Nepalese origin were found staying in a hotel in Central district by team of. Delhi Police and DCW. On verification all were found to be adults. There statements were recorded in the presence of DCW and NGOs. 16 of them consented for medical examination.”

The subsequent tweet then said that the girl recovered from a city hotel had not faced any coercion to leave their country to come to the national capital. They had come to Delhi in search of employment, it added. “From their medical examination, statements & enquiry conducted so far it has come out that they were staying in hotel on their own volition and they had come to Delhi in search of employment opportunity.They have not indicated any cognizable offense committed against them,” the tweet by DCP Central Delhi read.

It said that further ‘enquiry is in progress’ and ‘after due verification these women have been shifted to a shelter home.’ The official Twitter handle of the Delhi Police too shared the screenshots of these tweets with a caption, “Facts pertaining to the incident involving women of Nepalese origin who were staying in a hotel in Central Delhi clarified by DCP Central District.”

This was after Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal took to Twitter to inform how the women’s panel had managed to stop the ‘rescued girls’ from being trafficked to gulf countries. Her tweet had read, “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!”

Her subsequent tweets had alleged that the local police was not transferring the girls to shelter homes.

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