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CHILDLINE 1098 Service » Case Studies » Child Labour » Rani rescued from domestic child labour

Every year, thousands of girls are trafficked across different states of India. Many are lured by promises of well paying jobs in bigger cities/towns and most believe they are beginning a better life. Most often, they are sold for meager amounts for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation, domestic help etc.

Rani (name changed) grew up never knowing who her father was. She and her mother resided in the village of Raidihi in Sundargarh, Orissa. When Rani was only a little over a year old her mother got married again. Her mother soon gave birth to her step brother and sister.

Unable to support her government school education, Rani was made to drop out of school while she was in the 7th grade. She was compelled to work at a construction site in her village which drew in a meager Rs. 400/-. Rani's income doomed to be sufficient and she left her home town with her neighbour in the hope of a better life and a higher income. Rani, like many other young children was hoodwinked into going to Delhi. She was sold to a family in the city as a domestic helper and never received a salary.

One day, while working in the kitchen with her male counterpart Raju, Rani was pressurized and raped by him. Rani reached out to her employer for help, but to her dismay, there was no action taken.

15 days later, Rani's neighbour and her neighbours husband Vikas were called to take her away. To add insult to injury, Rani was then sold by Vikas to his friend Vishal. She was later taken to Indore by Vishal, who sold her to Vikram. Vikram in turn sold her for Rs.20, 000 to the Rathore Singh family in Manishpuri, Indore, once again as a domestic worker who was physically abused by her employers.

At the tender age of 15, Rani led a life of anguish that she never imagined.

CHILDLINE Intervenes

CHILDLINE received a call from sister Rosila from Saint Raefel School in Indore. Immediately, the CHILDLINE team swung into action and shared all the details of the case with the Police. Together, CHILDLINE and the Police traced the child the very same day. She was taken away from the household to the Police station.

The Police provided immense support to the CHILDLINE team in making the rescue operation a success.

Shortly after, an FIR was filed against the Rathore family.

The forceful sexual activities which Rani was victim to were proved right after she was made to undergo a medical examination.

Justice for Rani

There will never be complete justice for the atrocities Rani faced as a young girl.

Rani was taken before the CWC to help gain some direction. The CWC organised a meeting with Rani's step father and concluded that she would be sent to the Special Home for Girls, Pardeshipura, Indore. CHILDLINE informed the WCD and the Police about the same. The police took action immediately and set out to find the families who had employed Rani along with the man who had abused her.

All the involved traffickers from Orissa, Delhi and Indore, the families who kept the girl as domestic worker and the boy who committed rape have been found and convicted by Indore and Delhi police.

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