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Sleaze couple denied bail

The high court on Friday rejected the bail prayers of a couple who had been arrested for allegedly forcing their daughter into the flesh trade.

The division bench of Justice Ashim Kumar Roy and Justice Toufique Uddin praised the detective department for helping the girl to get rehabilitated and the NGO which had initially lodged a police complaint against the girl’s parents after listening to her plight.

The detective department of the Calcutta police had arrested the duo on March 23.

“The court should appreciate the role of the police officers who conducted the investigation and helped the minor girl live in society with respect,” the bench observed.

The 16-year-old girl used to stay with her maternal grandparents in Bhopal. In July last year, her parents went there and brought her to Calcutta, seemingly only for a few days, the girl alleged.

The girl told the police that her parents took her to a house on Durga Charan Street in central Calcutta where her mother forced her to spend nights with unknown persons for cash.

It was a customer who took pity on her and gave her the contact number of Justice Care, an NGO. She called up the NGO and narrated her plight, after which the NGO authorities alerted the police and lodged complaints against her parents, the girl said.