Bhubaneswar: Railway Police Force and Childline officials rescued as many as 17 young women, all above the age of 19 years, from a railway station in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. These women were brought back to Odisha today after coordinated efforts of Women Commissions of both the States.
Snehanjali Mohanty, member of Odisha State Commission For Women said, “These women of Keonjhar, Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal, were on their way to Mumbai to start work in a fishery. However, the Railway Police suspected something fishy and immediately informed Childline to rescue them.”
After being rescued, the girls were escorted back to Odisha with the help of District Child Protection Officer, police and officials of Women and Child Development. “As per the norms set by Government, these girls will now stay in UJALA home and will be rehabilitated by individual counseling. We will also try to find out whether they were being lured by any agent or were they going to Mumbai on their own will with their parents’ consent.”
On the other hand, they young women are claiming that no one was forcing them to go to Mumbai. It was their own decision as they had heard from other women of well-paying jobs in Fishery industries there.