Five years RI for two for forcing girl into flesh trade: Court
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 17:58
New Delhi: A Delhi Court has sentenced two persons to five years of rigorous imprisonment for abducting and forcing a girl into flesh trade.

"I do not find that any of the convict deserves any leniency or release on probation," Additional Sessions Judge Pratibha Rani said while convicting them under various provisions of Indian Penal Code and Immoral Trafficking Act.

The court passed the order while hearing the case of a girl who was lured into leaving her native place in West Bengal by a job offer from the flesh trade kingpin Alamgir.

The incident came to light when the police raided a house in Kamla Market area on a complaint filed by the victim's brother-in-law in 2006 after which the victim was rescued and the pimp, Sheetal, arrested.

The victim in her statement before a magistrate had said Alamgir, after bringing her to Delhi, handed her over to Sheetal who forced her into prostitution for making money.

Convicting both the persons for separate offences, the court said there was enough evidence to show that they were guilty.

"The connection between convicts establishes that they had full knowledge of the trade of each other. Alamgir used to bring innocent girls on false promises and Sheetal used to purchase such hapless girls and forced them into flesh trade," the court said.

Sheetal contended that the police did not observe mandatory procedures during raid in the presence of two females as mandated under ITA but the court rejected it on the ground that the same had not caused any prejudice to her.

The court said no corroboration was required to prove the material facts in the case as the version of victim and her in-law remained uncontroverted during the trial and it would add insult to injury if the defence' demand was allowed.

"The victim was subjected to sexual intercourse against her will by inviting customers and charging from them is sufficient to establish that she was compelled to indulge into prostitution and in such a situation, requiring corroboration to statement of victim would amount to adding insult to injury," the court said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 17:58

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