She was being forcibly pushed into a taxi by two youths
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Malda, 11 November
A Bangladeshi woman was recovered from Rathbari area in the English Bazaar police station last night around 11 p.m. while she was being forcibly pushed into a taxi by two youths. Though the youths fled, the woman was handed over to police by the traders who rescued her.
Police sources informed that the woman, aged about 19, infiltrated to India from Karimganj area of Bangladesh on 1 November. She informed police that one of her distant relatives sent her to India with an offer of a job in a beauty-parlour. Two youths escorted her to India and later took her to Mumbai. The girl later realised that she was sold off in a red-light area.
She further informed police that she managed to flee from the red-light area and reached Kolkata by train on 9 November. But again she was gripped by two women-traffickers who brought her to Malda. On the morning of 10 November they reached Malda and the two youths kept her near Malda town station.
But sensing fresh peril, she escaped from their grip. The duo chased her and forced her to get into a vehicle. It was then her yell that drew the attention of the local traders of Rathbari area who forced the vehicle to stop. The youths feld from the spot. The woman was handed over to police personnel from English Bazaar police station.
Police officials said that according to the direction of the court the girl would be kept in proper custody. District social welfare officer, Mr Pratyarpan Singha Roy, said: “There is a special kind of home for lodging such inmates who infiltrate from other countries illegally. According to the court&’s order the girl may be kept in that type of home or she may be returned to Bangladesh if necessary.”