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Allahabad HC Takes a Suo Moto Cognizance on Minor Tribal Girls Forced to Trade Bodies in UP’s Chitrakoot

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In the horrifying case of minor tribal girls being forced to trade bodies in UP’s chitrakoot, that came out in the 2nd week of July, Allahabad HC today took a suo moto cognizance in the matter.

A report by India Today states, “minor girls from poor tribal families are forced to work in illegal mines for survival but the contractors and middlemen don’t pay them their wages easily. These girls have to trade off their bodies in exchange for their meagre wages.”

For a daily wage of Rs.200 – 300, these minor girls not only have to work in illegal mines, but also are forced to trade off their bodies.

“We are helpless, we agree to it. They give us a job, exploit us and then don’t pay us our wages in full. When we refuse their sexual advances, they threaten they will not employ us any longer. What will we eat if we don’t work? We eventually agree to their terms”, states the victim in the report.

Highlighting yet another appalling side of the case, a victim states, “The contractors have put some beds behind the hill near the mines. They take us down there and take turns in sexually exploiting us. We have to go there one by one. When we refuse, they beat us. It pains, we scream but we bear it. What else can we do? We feel sad about all this…and think of dying or running away”.

On 24th July, 2020, a bench comprised of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh, has directed the District Magistrate, Chitrakoot and the Chairman of District Legal Services Authority, Chitrakoot, to inquire into the matter.

The bench highlighted the seriousness of the allegation, including violation of provisions of Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, and has asked them to submit a report by 28th July.

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