11-year-old trafficked girl rescued in Delhi

February 9th, 2009 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) An 11-year-old girl who was trafficked to Delhi from her native village in Jharkhand three years ago and sold to a placement agency for domestic help, was rescued by an NGO Monday.

For the girl, the rescue has come after literally “a journey through hell”.

Hired by a family in Tilak Nagar in west Delhi, not only was the 11-year-old made to work from six in the morning to one at night, but also beaten up on the slightest pretext and not even paid the amount she was promised - Rs.500 per month.

Recounting one of her horror tales when the mistress of the house allegedly beat her up mercilessly, she said: “Three days back when I was not able to wash clothes in the given time, memsaab got very angry and started beating me with a wooden log.”

“I was also made to sleep in the balcony and no blanket was given to me. It was very difficult for me to sleep in the cold nights on plastic sheets,” the girl said.

Rakesh Senger, national secretary of the Bachpan Bachao Aandolan (BBA) who rescued the hapless girl, said that they went to rescue her along with the police after receiving a complaint.

“At present she is undergoing medical tests to see that no internal injury was being caused because of all the beatings,” Senger said.

The case has been registered under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976, and Juvenile Justice Act. The girl would now be sent to the government-run shelter home for girls, Senger said.

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