The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) seems to have been making quite some progress in the apparent human trafficking racket that uses the national capital as a transit point for the women. 73 women from Nepal have been rescued in three different operations in about a week's time.
The DCW has stated that they were able to locate these women based on a tip-off and are firm in their claim that the women were part of a bigger human trafficking racket which extends all the way to the Middle East. The Delhi police, however, remain unconvinced.
Approximately 40 women from Nepal were recently found in a hotel in Central Delhi's Paharganj area. It has been stated that the women were to be trafficked to the Gulf countries and were brought to the city under the pretext of sending them to Gulf countries for jobs.
DCW chief Swati Maliwal tweeted:
DCW received tip-off &rescued 39 Nepali girls from Hotel Hriday Inn, Paharganj. Raid lasted the entire night & assistance was provided by Delhi Police. Entire hotel had only trafficked Nepali girls who were being sent 2 Gulf countries. Huge trafficking racket busted.
The first such operation was reported on July 25, last week, when 16 women were found in at a house in Munirka. The cops have refused to file an FIR since none of the women have said anything about being brought to the national capital against their will, the Indian Express reported. Since the women have said they came to Delhi in search of jobs, the cops are unsure about the sections under which an FIR can be filed.
The Indian Express quoted a senior police official as saying:
We found 53 women across 18 rooms... 14 refused to accompany us. The rest were taken to the police station, and then a government hospital for medical examination... 21 of them refused to be examined.
While there may not be a reason to file a complaint solely based on what the rescued women say, one cannot deny the fact that dozens of women from a different country were found in a hotel that had no other guests does raise a few questions.
If it really were a part of a human trafficking racket, as claimed by the DCW, were at least some of these women aware of it? Or were they simply lied to? It seems to be the latter, according to Maliwal.
"The women told us about agents who took money with the promise of a job but then disappeared," the DCW chief said.
Please read these complaints received from some of the 39 Nepali girls yesterday by Police and DCW during the rescue op. If these don't reveal trafficking, wonder what does? Instead of trying to bring back girls from Sri Lanka, Delhi Police is busy saving it's skin. pic.twitter.com/LXjbkkgTnB— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) August 1, 2018
Regardless of what the women have to say, if a case is filed in the matter, it would be investigated and possibly uncover a bigger racket of human trafficking that seems to be using Delhi as a transit point. But the police's refusal to file an FIR has raised eyebrows and attracted severe criticism from the common man. Many even took to Twitter to express their disapproval in this regard.
53 ?? all in one hotel and and @DelhiPolice still trying to justify case.— Navin Tyagi (@NavinKTyagi) August 1, 2018
you should catch culprit and send women back to own country , why don't u allow women to talk to media, they will tell truth
53 women were in search of jobs at pahadganj hotels!— Alok kumar singh (@alok_vicky) August 1, 2018
How stupid of police trying to spread misinformation.
What is at stake for police here? Share?
From complaints it looks as if this hotel is used as a base https://t.co/mczcSGRVEn one person was speaking on some telev channel & saying - nothing illegal was done inside & also saying that he was not responsible for guest's outside activities.This whole episode must be probed.— jasbir singh grover (@jasbir48232715) August 1, 2018