Kolkata, March 20: On May 10, 2013, officers from the Immoral Trafficking (IT) section of the detective department of Kolkata Police arrested a Bangladeshi youth along with two minor girls from Millennium Park in Kolkata. The cousins, aged between 13 and 15, were residents of Hajarigunj village within Charfashion police station limits in Bhola district of Bangladesh. The youth was their brother-in-law. The youth, accused of trafficking the girls, landed in jail, while the girls were sent to a welfare home.
Nearly four years later, the victims are still waiting eagerly to go back home.
Government papers necessary for their repatriation to Bangladesh are ready, but the case is still being heard in the City Sessions Court. They cannot go back because the case against the accused will become weak without their statements (prime witnesses) are recorded and cross-examined.
“I’ll speak to you only if you can expedite our return to home. We have been waiting to return home for a long time,” said Rubia (all names of victims changed), the elder of them, who never went to a school.
Sayera, her cousin, however, was in the fifth standard when they were brought to Kolkata.
During this period, the investigating officer of the case and the public prosecutor changed that contributed to the delay. The girls occasionally get the chance to speak over phone to their parents, whom they never met since landing in India. Their restlessness to go home increases every time they speak to their family.
The West Bengal CID has launched a special campaign to curb the human trafficking in the state which is being executed through rackets from bordering nations like Bangladesh and Nepal.
From January 2017, the WB CID has acted in six cases of human trafficking.
On January 13, the WB CID recovered one minor victim girl after 3 & half years in a case entrusted to C.I.D WB by HC Calcutta for which accused was arrested.
On January 25, one victim girl was rescued by CID officials & handed to CWC, Adhilabad, Telangana. One person was arrested in this case.
On February 11, 6 victim girls including 2 minor girls were rescued from Rajdighi for which 6 were arrested.
On February 28, Juhee Chaudhary, main accused of Jalpaiguri Child Trafficking Case was arrested from Khoribari PS (Darjeeling) area on Indo Nepal Border.
On February 17, 3 trafficked victim girls were rescued from Durganagar under Dumdum PS where 3 traffickers were arrested.
It seems that the CID from West Bengal is active against the human trafficking.