A phone call made to Delhi Commission for Women about the plight of hapless 14-year old girl from Assam being forced to work as a domestic help by a family in Delhi’s north-west Kingsway Camp has led to her rescue from the captivity.
Acting on the tip off received over a phone call, the DCW team along with Delhi Police reached the given address and found the child working there. “The girl was rescued and also counselled. She informed the Commission that her father had passed away when she was very small, after which her mother remarried and the two began living with the stepfather,” a DCW official said. As per reports, the girl had claimed to request her cousin for a job in Delhi. The cousin knew a family, where she soon started working for Rs 5,000 per month from February 2017. However, till now, she had only been paid Rs.12,000 and that too to her cousin. The owner of the house deals in auto parts.
Taking on the Twitter, DCW chief Swati Maliwal, tweeted, “14 year old Assamese girl rescued by DCW. She was forced to work as domestic help by a plush family in Delhi. This is third such rescue this week by DCW. Earlier, 2 girls from Jharkhand were rescued by us. Delhi has become a hub of human trafficking. This needs to be curbed!”
She further said, “Humanity itself is at stake. We all need to ensure a healthy childhood, education and health facilities for these kids. All stakeholders must come together and act”.
It is to not the solitary case, earlier, two girls from Jharkhand were rescued from Rajouri Garden and Kingsway Camp. Their employers did not pay both the girls salaries. “Placement agencies are running a trafficking nexus in Delhi which needs to be curbed. I appeal to all stakeholders to regulate the functioning of placement agencies. Strongest action should be taken against the employer,” Maliwal had earlier said.