Srinagar: An underage girl who was working as a domestic help has been rescued by police and child rights organisation Childline Srinagar.
According to police, Childline Srinagar approached them with a complaint that a minor girl had been kidnapped from Assam and was working as a domestic help in Rajbagh area of Srinagar.
Following the complaint, the police and Childline Srinagar together conducted a raid and rescued the girl from a house in Rajbagh. “The girl was handed over to the social welfare department,” police said.
Police said a case of the girl’s kidnapping was already registered in Assam. “We have intimated the Assam Police. A team will be soon coming to take the girl back,” police said.
Director of Childline Srinagar, Ashiq Ali, said they received the information from Childline Assam. “The girl’s family had filed a complaint with the Assam Police. The girl called her family when she was being taken to work as a domestic help for a family in Rajbagh. Childline Assam told us the number from which the girl had called, which had been traced to Srinagar,” Ali said.
Ali said the girl was routed to the Rajbagh family by a placement agency, Al Samad.
“She was working as a maid when we rescued her,” Ali said. “During the investigation it came to fore that the girl was kidnapped by the accused in the case, Robin, who has already been arrested by Assam Police. It is believed that he sent the kidnapped girl to the placement agency. The police are also looking for another accused, against whom they have issued a search warrant. He is believed to be the accomplice of the kidnapper.”
Ali said the police are now investigating whether there are more underage children who have been brought to Kashmir and are working as domestic helps.
“The underage girl was sent here along with a boy. But the boy was so young, he was sent back,” Ali said. “For the time being, the girl has been given shelter by the social welfare department, at the Nari Niketan located in Shalimar. They are taking care of her.”