Girls from Assam, belonging to the poverty-stricken families, are lured by the human traffickers with promises of love and marriage and are taken away outside the state to be engaged as a sex slave or forced prostitution.
Due to a declining girl child ratio in Haryana and Rajasthan, Assam has emerged as a potential destination to pick girls as brides for the men in these states. The girls from the districts prone to flood, tea gardens. Areas hit by ethnic violence are the easy targets.
A few days back, Siddique Ali (32) – a mastermind of an inter-State human trafficking racket – was arrested by Kharupetia Police Station in Darrang. During interrogation, Ali confessed before the personnel of the Kharupetia Police Station that the “price rates” of girls trafficked from Assam to Rajasthan “start from Rs 30,000 and can inflate up to Rs 1 lakh”.
According to the police, such human traffickers first befriend a “potential victim” and later propose marriage. When the victim girl “falls into the trap of love and happily-ever-after promises”, the trafficker force the girl to run away with him outside the state with a promise to marry her. Later, he sells the girl after entering into a monetary deal with the “buyers”.
During interrogation, Ali confessed how he had already trafficked three girls from poor families of Simaluguri village in Darrang with false promises of marriages and then with the help of his counterparts in Rajasthan, sold each against a payment of Rs 30,000.
On Sunday, a 16 year old girl from Adabari in Guwahati was rescued and brought back to Jalukbari from Churu in Rajasthan. She went missing on June 2.
According to police, the minor victim was lured away by her boyfriend on the pretext of marrying her. She was taken to Rajasthan, where one Ziarul Islam sold her to one Dilip Singh for Rs 90,000. The girl was rescued by the Rajasthan Police on June 26 and handed over to the Assam Police.
Dilip was arrested by the Jalukbari police, was produced before the court on July 15. He has been sent to jail later by the court here. Police have now launched a search operation to track down Ziarul.