Ranchi, Aug. 31: A member of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) yesterday visited the residence of the 16-year-old Lohardaga girl, who died under mysterious circumstances in May while working as a domestic help in NCR, and arranged jobs under MGNREGS for her brothers.
Sanjay Mishra went to Phoolmani Nagesiya’s house at Pesrar village in Kisko block in the evening in keeping with a direction issued by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which has launched a probe into the death. He spoke to the girl’s parents and collected details about her, which will be sent to the national rights panel.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mishra said, “I interacted with the family and met her mother, Lalmani Nagesiya, who reiterated her claims that Phoolmani, alias Lurki, was cremated without her knowledge and that she was lured to Delhi by a woman called Satya or Batti Oraon.”
He further said jobs had been given under the Centre’s rural works scheme to Lurki’s two brothers and their children had been children at a residential school.
“We have also directed Lohardaga superintendent of police Sunil Bhaskar to arrest Satya as soon as possible. A special task force will be leaving for the national capital to nab the woman,” Mishra added.
Confirming this, SP Bhaskar said the special task force, which would be constituted by today, would leave for Delhi within a week after receiving some special instructions.
“An FIR was lodged at Lohardaga police station a month ago and also under at Ghaziabad police station. We have also issued an arrest warrant against Satya under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2006, and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Act, 2000. The girl’s mother had come to the police station and we have told her that we will try our best to give her justice,” the officer said.
The tribal teenager was found hanging on June 16 at the home of her employer, restaurateur Anil Ahuja of upmarket Kaushambi in Ghaziabad.
Lurki had been working at the Ahuja household since June 2012. In her police complaint, Lurki’s mother had alleged her daughter was murdered.
Her trafficker had informed Lalmani about her daughter’s death only after her last rights were performed.
“Satya had put Lurki as a maid in that house through a placement agency for Rs 3,000 a month. But she was never paid,” Mishra said.
It was Delhi-based NGO Shaktivahini that had intimated NCPCR about Lurki’s death in July. However, Ghaziabad police failed to investigate the case properly and listed it as unnatural death.