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Silchar red-light area: Court sends 4 detained minors back to Nepal with family

On November 18, 2019, under the leadership of former Cachar SP Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta, seven girls were rescued from brothels in Silchar’s red-light area. A Nepal-based NGO gathered intel that there are several minors who have been trafficked to the brothels in Silchar and are trapped there. The legal advisor of the NGO met SP Mahanta and discussed the entire case with him. Cachar Police provided assistance and seven girls were detained from the redlight area near Premtala.

Out of the seven girls, four were found to be minors and the remaining three said whatever they are doing they are doing it willingly and therefore they do not want to return back to Nepal. The NGO pleaded to the court to keep the minor four in a safe house and the court had sent them to Ujwala Home where they were provided medical assistance, counselling to ensure they rehabilitate. The NGO members then started searching for the detained-fours family members in Nepal.

“We had to search a lot in Nepal and eventually we have managed to find them. Members of all four families travelled to India and appealed to the court to let them take their daughters back home. The court heard the case and today handed over the custody to their parents,” said F Loknath Singh, Legal advisor of the NGO.

He added that Nepal based Shaktimuho NGO had successfully rescued a minor from the brothels in Silchar in July last year. Through that rescued girl, the NGO got to know about other minors from Nepal who got trapped in this racket.

The NGO and the family members expressed their joy at the order.

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