Darjeeling, July 24: Trafficking of women and children has been engulfing our society rapidly and it is high time we all come together to fight this menance or else a day will come when our own daughters and sisters will fall into this trap. Mankind in Action for Rural Growth along with Darjeeling Police has begun a campaign on Anti Human Trafficking and has already organised awareness programmes in Kalimpong, Kurseong, Mirik, Mongsoong, and Magarate's Hope. It has plans to reach out to other vulnerable areas too.
On 20th July 2012, Additional SP Kalimpong, Ms. Songmit Lepcha received a call from an informer as he had got the number from the awareness camp posters. She at once contacted MARG. MARG contacted the informer and spoke to him at length regarding suspected trafficking case from Makra Para (Birpara) on 20th July 2012.
MARG only had information of what dress two of them were wearing and how many of them were travelling. Without wasting any time MARG sent a mail to AHTU nodal officers of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, UP and Delhi as the train the traffickers were travelling would pass through these area.
Finally our mail reach Police commissioner New Delhi and Delhi Police and an local NGO Shakti Vahaini were intimated and they were ready for action. They called MARG to reconfirm the information which was shared to them through mail. MARG informed them that the information was 90% genuine.
They formed a team of 6 groups and on 21st July 2012 when the train reached Old Delhi railway station the team was able to rescue minor girls namely Priti (name changed), aged about 15 years and Naina (name changed), aged about 14 years were rescued from the platform no. 11 of the Old Delhi Railway station on July 21, 2012.
The children were accompanied by four persons namely 1) Mainy Chetri W/O Moila R/O Vill. Malangi, Birpara, Dist. Jalpaiguri 2) Stayam S/O Sukhbir R/O Vill. Makra para, PS. Birpara, Dist Jalpaiguri 3) Laxmi W/O Moila R/O Vill. Makra Para, Birpara, Dist. Jalpaiguri and 4) Kiran Chetry S/O gauri Chetri Vill. Uttar Kherbari PS. Madari haat Dist. Jalpaiguri. The children were brought to Delhi by Mahananda Express on July 21, 2012. All these four
persons were arrested by the police.
Acting on the tip off given by MARG Darjeeling, Shakti Vahini informed the SHO, GRP, Old Delhi railway Station and with the assistance of the police the girls were rescued. In the application to the SHO, GRP, Old Delhi Railway Station, Shakti Vahini stated that “Since the legal guardian of the children were not with them the above mentioned people lured them to come to Delhi we suspect that it is a case of child trafficking and request you to take legal action against the traffickers. The separation of children from their parents is a clear violation of cruelty and violation of child rights we also request you to include relevant sections of the (Juvenile Justice care and Protection of Children) Act and the relevant sections of IPC”
An FIR was lodged u/s 23/26 of JJ Act, 16 Bonded Labour Act and 374 IPC. The FIR no. 97 dated 22/7/2012.
After medical examination all the children were given shelter in the Children Home.