Coming to the rescue of a woman who was pushed into the flesh trade, Delhi High Court has directed a lawyer to make arrangements for her rehabilitation.
A division bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ajit Bharihoke gave the order while hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by the woman Beena’s mother Shobha that her daughter was not traceable after she was arrested in a kidnapping case in the capital.
When Beena did not appear before a trial court in the kidnapping case, a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against her and the police arrested her and produced her before the trial court.
It was revealed that she was released from jail after a pimp she met there arranged a surety for her. The other woman was engaged in a sex racket. She took her to G.B. Road, Delhi’s red light area, on the pretext of getting her a job and forced her into prostitution.
The girl’s mother was also in the dark about the release of her daughter from jail.
She came to know that her daughter was in the clutches of the pimp during her appearance before the court. But she was not allowed to meet her daughter as the pimp used to come along with the girl to the court escorted by musclemen.
However, one day the girl managed to meet her mother secretly on the court premises and revealed her sufferings at the hands of the woman.
The mother then approached the high court to seek rescue of her daughter from the flesh trade.
Beena, in her interaction with the judges in the chamber, expressed her desire to stay with her mother.
The court also requested advocate Aparna Bhatt to help her get a job and assist in her rehabilitation so that she able to join the mainstream.
Shobha and Beena, natives of West Bengal, had come to the capital in search of jobs in 2002 but the daughter, who was 18 years old then, got embroiled in the kidnapping case.