Condemnations pour in | Sex racket: 6 more nabbed, 1 more minor girl rescued

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, May 15: In the human trafficking and sex racket in Itanagar Capital Region, one more minor victimised girl has been rescued by Capital Police, taking the number of rescued victims to five.  Moreover, Capital Police have arrested six more persons in the sex racket, including SP Bullang Marik and a police constable, taking total number of arrests to 20, according to official sources.

It may be recalled here that exposing an interstate sex trafficking racket though a WhatSapp group, Capital Police had arrested 15 people, including hotel manager, traffickers, pimps and sexual assailants besides rescuing four minor girls.

Acting on a tip-off, Capital Police had launched a raid against the prostitution racket and rescued four minors girls, SP R R Singh had said in his office here on May 10.

Informing on the modus of operandi, he had said that three girls were rescued from accused brothel owner Techi Rina and Jamlo Tagung, of whom Miss A and B revealed that they have been trafficked to Itanagar from Assam’s Dhemaji by sisters Pushpanjali Mili and Purnima Mili.

As per the investigation, after being trafficked to Itanagar they were forced into prostitution by the sisters once they find a probable customer looking for minor girls. They used to share  photos of the victimized minor girls through Whatsapp, fix  rate and  the girls were forced to entertain the customer by the husband of either Pushpanjali or Rina, who used to book hotel rooms or the customer would come down to the residence of Ania or any other place of their choice, he said.

“Sisters Pshpanjali Mili and Purnima Mili initially brought girls from Assam on the pretext of giving jobs at Itanagar,” he had said, adding both sisters targeted girls of their hometowns for trafficking and later their networks of pimps look for suitable customers to have sex with those minor girls through Whatsapp groups.

APSCW seeks stern action against culprits

The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) is in shock and anguish on learning about the heinous crime of trafficking of minor girls from neighbouring state for sexual exploitation.

It is also ashamed to know that our own women and learned persons are involved in the case, APSCW chairperson Kenjum Pakam said in a release. While appreciating Capital Police for their commendable efforts to apprehend all involved persons and rescuing the minors, she exhorted the state Govt and all authorities concerned to take stern action against all culprits involved in this heinous crime.

The APSCW also requested the authorities concerned to keep vigil on hotels, parlours or any suspicious areas in and around the twin capital city so that no minor or other victims have to face such tragedy in the future, the release added.

Set up dedicated special cell

with 24X7 helpline: AWAZ

DIPRO reports from Ziro: The Apatani Women Association Ziro (AWAZ) has strongly condemned the recent case of human trafficking of minors and sexual racket busted in Itanagar Capital Region (ICR).

Appreciating the Capital Police for its commendable act of arresting 15 involved in the racket and rescuing four minor girls, AWAZ pointed out that  the Constitution of India prohibits human trafficking under Article 23 (1), the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (ITPA) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, 2012.

It further advocated that the case should be dealt with utmost priority and sensitivity. ‘The recuperation and rehabilitation of the victims should be administered innocuously in a safe environment’. It said.

The AWAZ for benefit of victims of such unfortunate mishaps called for creation of a dedicated special cell with 24X7 helpline number and assistance to register complaints of the victims, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy centre, legal aid and counseling centre and conducting gender sensitization programmes at regular intervals.

The existing infrastructure and facilities could be accommodated at newly inaugurated AWAZ office near Lower Subansiri district secretariat, general secretary Leegang Ania said that AWAZ would soon approach local legislator and district administration to facilitate creation of above mentioned facilities, which would go a long way in building a safer place for women and girls in the district. (DIPRO)

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