The Telegraph
Tuesday , November 12 , 2013

Probe glare on NGO

Jharkhand High Court on Monday directed DGP Rajeev Kumar to conduct an inquiry into alleged trafficking of girls from the state to Kerala.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Amitav Gupta issued the instruction while hearing a PIL filed by All India Progressive Women’s Association. The petition said that an NGO was trafficking the girls to the southern state on the pretext of providing them vocational training and jobs.

The bench asked Kumar to constitute a team of police officers, who will investigate the matter and report to him. The state DGP, in turn, will have to compile a comprehensive report and furnish it before the court.

Investigations should cover points like how many girls were taken to Kerala by the NGO till date and how many of them had completed their training and got jobs. The police will have to find out whether the girls have returned to their native places or are working outside, the bench added.

The DGP was also asked to take the help of the income tax department and scrutinise the NGO’s accounts. “Details of funds received by the organisation and its returns filed will indicate the nature of its work and operation,” the bench said.

The case will come up for hearing again on November 25.

The matter was first taken up by Jharkhand State Women’s Commission, which got the information that before being taken to Kerala, the girls were made to undergo virginity and pregnancy tests.

The commission, suspecting foul play, had petitioned the DGP to look into the matter but no action was taken.

The women’s association then moved the high court, which issued a notice to the NGO to explain why such tests were done on minor girls.

The NGO, however, denied all the allegations.

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