17 Odia girls rescued at Rajahmundry handed over to State Women's Commission

Bhubaneswar: Seventeen girls, who had been rescued jointly by Government Railway Police Force (GRPF) Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Rajahmundry Railway Station in the early hours of April 27, were handed over to Odisha State Commission for Women here, Tuesday.

An officer who was privy to the investigation, said, a passenger travelling in Konark Express had called the Child Helpline number to inform that some girls were being taken to Mumbai in the same train possibly to engage them in the flesh trade there.

Giving details of the operation, CH Venkat Rao, DCPO (District Child Protection Officer) said that the Child Helpline members contacted the Andhra Pradesh Police personnel. AP Police in association with the GRPF and RPF and conducted a raid and rescued the girls when the train arrived at the Rajahmundry Railway Station. During interrogation, the girls’ versions were found to be contradictory regarding their travel to Mumbai. However, most of them said that they were being taken to Mumbai to work in a prawn processing factory.

AP police along with the DCPO reached here Tuesday to hand over them to the Odisha State Commission for Women.

The girls are in their teens and hail from Keonjhar, Berhampur, Bhanjanagar and Phulbani districts.

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