A 15-year-old girl from central Delhi’s Anand Parbat, sold twice for marriage by human traffickers, was rescued three days ago from a home in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur, police said.
Four people, including the man the girl was married to, were arrested. Meenu, Tara Chand and Ram Kishore alias Kale trafficked the minor and Vishal married her. He kept her at his Mahipalpur home, said police.
This gang sold girls of poor families in Delhi as brides in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab where there is a shortage of brides due to a skewed sex ratio.
The girl was first sold to Baljeet, a 45-year-old resident of Haryana’s Mewat, for Rs 90,000 in August-September. A month later, Baljeet committed suicide. He was depressed because the traffickers were pressuring him to pay Rs 1 lakh for helping him get a wife, police said.
The traffickers threatened to take away his bride if he did not pay and to implicate him in a false rape case. “Since Baljeet was a farmer from a poor financial background, he was not able to arrange the amount…He chose to kill himself,” said a senior police officer.
After Baljeet’s death, the traffickers went to his home posing as the girl’s relatives. They brought her back to Delhi, telling Baljeet’s family and neighbours that she was upset over her husband’s death.
On the way, they kept her at Tara Chand’s relative’s house in Haryana, as they looked for another customer to sell her to.
When the gang failed to strike a deal, they brought her to Delhi where she was married to Vishal, another relative of Tara Chand. He was charged around Rs 70,000, police learnt.
The minor was rescued and the four were arrested when police investigated a kidnapping case filed by the girl’s family at the Anand Parbat station, additional deputy commissioner of police (central), Chinmoy Biswal, told HT.
Investigators said Meenu lured the girl by promising her a job. Police are investigating how many others the gang sold to potential grooms.