New Delhi, Sept. 16: A minor Simdega girl, allegedly kept captive for seven years at a high-profile professional's home in Mathura, was rescued today by an interstate police team, becoming the eighth child from Jharkhand to be rescued from in and around National Capital Region the past one week.
A three-member Jharkhand Police team, accompanied by eight Uttar Pradesh policemen, rescued the 16-year-old girl who was kept as a virtual prisoner at the home of a managing director of a dental college for seven years.
Simdega anti-human traffic unit (AHTU) inspector-in-charge Ramashish Sharma, who led the team, told The Telegraph this evening over phone from Mathura: "The girl's father complained to the police that he had not heard from her for a very long time. All he knew was that she was working somewhere near Delhi."
The police first traced the trafficker, now settled in Delhi, who led them to Mathura.
"She was working at the home of one Manoj Agrawal, the MD of Kanti Devi Dental College. The girl had not been allowed exposure to the outside world for seven years," Sharma said.
At the time of filing the report, UP police were doing paperwork. Given the high profile of the employer, the UP home department from Lucknow is believed to be monitoring the case after they gave the green signal to raid the home.
"I don't know if Agrawal will be arrested," Simdega AHTU in-charge said.
This shocking case follows yesterday's rescue, when a team of Delhi police and NGO Shakti Vahini, led by Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal, rescued five children of West Singhbhum from a West Delhi placement agency.
They included two boys, between 14 and 15 years, and three 16-year-old girls.
An anonymous caller had tipped off the NGO that a girl from Jharkhand, recently brought to Delhi, had contracted dengue and pleaded she be sent back home. But she was allegedly being treated badly by her recruiters at BB Enterprises, an unregistered placement service for domestic helps.
When the raid team turned up at the address last night, they found not one but five children, all from Tukjur village of West Singhbhum, including the girl they were looking for.
One Birsa Pandu, who called himself a "placement agent", was also arrested.
Last week, in separate raids in Meerut and North Delhi, two tribal sisters from Gumla were rescued.
The Telegraph also reported on Monday about a search operation in Palwal, Haryana, when a missing girl from Garhwa refused to go home, saying she was married and carrying the child of the man who allegedly procured her from traffickers.