A couple of minor girls had a narrow escape when they were successfully rescued by their kin from a tailor shop where they were confined in inhumane conditions for two days. Both girls, who are sisters, are around 12-13 years of age and were kidnapped by tailor Mohammad Jafar on 28 December.
As reported by News18, on 28 December, the two girls were heading home in Kankadbagh area of Patna, when they were called by Mohammad Jafar who they knew from before. He took the girls to his shop and confined them there. The girls remained in his custody for two days and throughout the period he kept torturing them after tying their hands and feet. Whenever they asked him to let them go, he would beat them up or douse them with cold water. Terrified, the girls remained there till they were rescued.
The girl’s concerned parents had been looking for them throughout the area when someone told them that they were last seen on Chandmari road no. 8. The accused Mohammad Jafar ran a tailoring shop on the same road and when the girls’ family was scouting the area, they heard muffled noises coming from his shuttered down shop. They broke open the shutter to discover the girls in very bad condition along with Jafar.
The girls, one of who was vomiting repeatedly due to mistreatment, was taken to hospital while the other narrated their ordeal to locals and police. They said that Jafar had lured them to his shop while they were out shopping and wanted to probably sell them to human traffickers. He repeatedly mentioned to them that they will be sent somewhere. They also said that although he beat them up and poured cold water on them when they struggled, he did not sexually assault them.
After rescuing the girls, locals beat up the accused before handing him over to police. The police has taken the accused in custody and are interrogating his history as it is alarming to think that a tailor who regularly meets young girls, mostly teenagers, in privacy should show such deviant behavior.
Considering the track record of victims of human trafficking in Bharat, the girls were really lucky that they were rescued before they could come in for real harm. Human traffickers like Jafar have been known to sell young girls to brothels or even to rich Sheikhs of Gulf where they are kept as sex slaves. Most children who are trafficked off to such places are rarely ever able to return and even if they do, they struggle to live normal lives after having endured torture and degeneracy at hands of such criminals.
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