The rescue of 39 Nepalese women from a hotel in central district’s Paharganj, Delhi Police dismissed the charges of Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal that they were trafficked and confined in the hotel.
The incident comes on the heels of a similar operation carried out by the Delhi and Varanasi police on Tuesday, where 18 Nepalese women — who claimed they were being trafficked to Gulf countries — were rescued from a house in southwest district. A week earlier, 16 Nepalese women were rescued from a residence in the same district, who also alleged that they were brought here by agents on the false pretext of providing jobs but were to be trafficked to Gulf countries.
MS Randhawa, DCP of central district who was part of the rescue team with DCW, said that the women gave the statement before police that they came to Delhi on their own in search of job and were living in the hotel for last 10 days. Moreover, no one sexually assaulted them.
“We have asked Nepalese women to undergo medical examination and 16 of the 39 were medically examined. The medical reports do not reveal any sexual assault on them. Rest 23 women refused to undergo medical examination,” Randhawa said.
During investigation, police team learnt that the hotel is run by a Nepalese national who is known to the women. In a statement given to the police, the women claim that they came to Delhi on their own on different dates and were not trafficked.
Earlier, DCW chief Swati Maliwal had claimed that the women belonged to earthquake area of Nepal and were trafficked through organised gang. They were confined in a hotel in Delhi from where they were to be sent off to Gulf countries for flesh trade or sex slavery, she added.Meanwhile, Delhi Police and DCW informed Nepalese embassy about three back-to-back raids within a week and 73 women being rescued in the age group of 18-30 from Munirka, Maidangadhi and Paharganj.