Kalimpong – two minor girls rescued from Dharampur Himachal Pradesh – accused arrested

Kalimpong police and the child rights activists of Bal Suraksha Abhiyan and Chidline rescued two minor girls form Dharampur village in Solon district of Himachal Pradesh. Rubina Darjee (13) and Nagma Bano (13) (names changed), both the residents of a village in the vicinity of the town. The two had accompanied with one Maheshwar Singh alias Masum Thakur (23) who hails from Kullu district of HP. Both the girls had been missing since October 21 and were brought to Kalimpong today along with Masum Thakur, who is under arrest for luring the minors.

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Suspecting that the accused to have lured and abducted the minors the families of both the girls had had lodged a missing complaint at the Kalimpong police station, but the victims remained untraced for over two months. Notably, on December 19 an undentified person from Dharampur called up the victim’s family and informed about the girls beging present in the village. Following this phone call the police and child rights activists swung into action as informed BSA activist Tejkumar Thapa. Thapa informed the unidentified person who called the victim’s family had reported the girls were in trouble while stating accused Masum Thakur of being suspicious in character. The family also reported the police about the phone call.

Police, Childline and Bal Suraksha Abhiyan worked in coordiantion and traced the girls at Dharampur village in Himachal Pradesh on December 20. Utilizing its broad network Kalimpong branch of Childline contacted their counterparts in Himachal Pradesh following wihich the police apprehended the accused and rescued the minors.

BSA activist Thapa said the accused had forced the girls to work as domestic maids and had been preventing them from returning back under variuos threats. The locals here said accused Masum Thakur is a married person and had earlier come to victims’ village with one local youth who had been to Himachal Pradesh to work. On his second visit to this place Thakur had managed to lure the girls. The victims’ relatives alleged the accused developed close relations with Nagma Bano and on the morning of October 21 he abducted the girls in the pretext going on a tour to Himachal Pradesh.

The police have booked Masum Thakur under the cases of abduction ans abduction with false promises of marriage under IPC sections 363 and 366. The operation to trace and rescue the minors was actively participated by Kalimpong police station official CN Sherpa, BSA activist Tejkumar Thapa and activists of World Vision Child Protection unit. In the meantime, the families of the minor girls have breathed a sigh of relief as the girls have come back home safely after over two months.


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