Kochi: Kerala High Court on Monday directed South
Zone IGP K Padmakumar to supervise investigation of a case
relating to a sex racket in which young girls from the state
were taken to Gulf countries.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice J Chelemewar and
Justice P Ramachandra Menon directed the state and provide
necessary support for the probe, on a petition filed by one of
the victims, who claimed to have escaped from the Gulf.
The court also sought a progress report of the probe by
According to the petitioner, over 300 girls from Kerala
are detained in various centres in Gulf countries and are
seeking intervention of the state government.
The petitioner said she was offered a job during 2007 in a
super market at Sharjah. Thereafter she was kept in a flat
there and abused by several persons. Over 300 girls from the
state were victims of the racket, she said.
The 30-year-old petitioner had sought a direction to state
Home Secretary to appoint a Special Investigation Team headed
by an officer in the rank of IGP and conduct an investigation
into the case.
She also sought to take steps to rescue those victims
trapped in UAE.
The petitioner said though the Pathnamthitta police had
registered a case in 2007, there were serious lapses in the