Delhi Police refuted DCW chief Swati Maliwal’s claims and said that the women weren’t victims of trafficking but cheated by people who promised them jobs.
Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and the Delhi Police sparred on Wednesday after DCW chief Swati Maliwal claimed that 16 women from Nepal who were rescued from a house in South Delhi’s Munirka on Tuesday night were “trafficked” to Delhi and held “hostage”. Delhi Police refuted Maliwal’s claims and said the women were not victims of trafficking but were cheated by people who had promised them jobs.
DCW chief said around 7 pm on Tuesday, received a tip off from an NGO named Key Nepal that 16 women were illegally trafficked into the city and they were being sent to foreign countries. A police officer associated with the case said the women are between the age group of 20 and 30 years and none of them in their statements have alleged that that they were brought to Delhi against their will or were pushed into any illegal work.
The DCW chief on the other hand alleged that the trafficking racket was being run by “highly influential” people and the women to be sold to the contacts of the traffickers in Iraq and Kuwait.