Last updated: January 25, 2023, 9:40 PM IST
A couple in Telangana allegedly sold their two underage daughters under the pretext of marriage to get out of financial trouble. Telangana police arrested seven suspects in the case, including the parents of the twin sisters, and registered a case against them under the POCSO (protection of children against sexual crimes) law.
According to Kamareddy District Superintendent of Police (SP) Srinivas Reddy, the twin sisters belonged to a remote village in the district’s Machareddy Mandal. Their mother died after they were born and their father married another woman and had two children including a boy and a girl. This increased the number of children in the family to four.
“When the twin sisters turned 14, their father and stepmother planned to sell them out to get out of financial trouble. They made a deal with two individuals from Rajasthan named Sharman and Krishna Kumar to sell one girl for Rs 80,000 and the other girl for Rs 50,000. The parents convinced the twin sisters to get married. The marriage was performed on the outskirts of Hyderabad city,” he said.
The two couples started their family life near Hyderabad but a quarrel broke out between them after the twin sisters came to know that their husbands were already married and had children. One of the twin sisters escaped from the clutches of the accused and reached Uggrwai village on January 16, where the villagers informed District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Sravanthi about the girl, the police said.
The DCPO said she was on site with staff and inquired about her.
“He harassed her physically and mentally. She later came to know that he was already married and had a daughter. When the underage girl questioned him about his early marriage, he physically assaulted her and sent her out of his home,” the DCPO said.
The underage girl with an amount of Rs 100 reached Kamareddy. Fearing that her father would return home, she preferred to stay in a temple in Uggrwai village in the hope that someone would feed her.
“She also said that she came to know that her sister also sold to someone 20 days ago. We took her in and reported her to the police. Now the twin sisters are in our care. If they want to continue their studies, we will help the girls in all kinds of ways,” said DCPO Sravanthi.
Based on the information provided by the girl, the DCPO filed a complaint with the police where a case was registered under the POCSO law against seven suspects, including the twin sister’s father, stepmother, Krishnakumar, Sharman and Mahender, Collar Rambati and Ramesh who worked as agents in arranging the deal in the sale of the underage girls.
The SP said that the seven suspects have been taken into custody and that the investigation is ongoing.
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