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Teen flees steel city hell
- Pregnant 14-yr-old reunited with parents after 4 months

Hazaribagh, Oct. 18: A 14-year-old girl from Churchu block was lured from her home by a “social worker”, taken to Jamshedpur for a job, but sexually exploited for weeks in the steel hub before she managed to escape to Bengal in yet another disturbing replay of human trafficking in Jharkhand.

Railway police found the four-month-pregnant teenager in a semiconscious state at Purulia station on August 13, more than a month after she went missing, and took her to a local remand home. She was reunited with her parents from Potmo village in the Hazaribagh block yesterday.

According to the victim’s mother, one Sister Gracy, masquerading as a social worker in Deepugarha area of Hazaribagh town, offered the child a job in the steel city.

“We are very poor. My husband is a daily-wage worker. So, we agreed to what Sister Gracy said. Our daughter left home in the first week of June,” she said. The family never heard from either again.

The teen, who was presented in a local court yesterday before being handed over to her parents, said she was taken to a house in Jamshedpur — it is still not known exactly where — and “tortured and physically abused”.

One day in August, she escaped, somehow making her way to the station where she boarded the first train that came by. She landed in Purulia.

Railway police took her to Anand Math Juvenile Home. On October 4, she was sent to Purulia Sadar Hospital, which confirmed her pregnancy for the first time. She was brought to the Hazaribagh remand home yesterday.

Remand home in-charge Balram Sharma said a report would be submitted in court on the basis of her medical details. Sources said the court would then order a police probe.

Churchu OC Surendra Ravidas said they were also waiting for the family to lodge an FIR. “We will hunt for Gracy and identify the girl’s tormentor in Jamshedpur,” he added.

Family members said they were waiting for the child to settle down. “I only wanted a better future for our daughter. We may be poor, but we never compromise on our dignity. We will fight the case till she (Gracy) is punished,” the victim’s mother said.

“But what will happen to her unborn child?”