Uganda, February 05, 2014 – Daily Pioneer

A week after Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s controversial raid at Khirki Extension to bust an alleged drug and sex racket, three Ugandan women from the same area of South Delhi were sent to the Delhi Government’s Nirmal Chhaya observation home for women on Tuesday. The women claimed they were forced into prostitution and authorities did not do anything to rescue them.

Police have also registered three separate FIRs in the matter following the order of the District Commissioner of South Delhi.The women had recorded their statement on Monday before the DC.

The case has been registered under Sections 366, 368, 384 of IPC pertaining to kidnapping, forced intercourse, extortion, wrongful confinement and Section 4/5 of Immoral Trafficking Act.

In their statement the women had stated they came to India last month with the promise of jobs, but were held by people they have reportedly described as the drug mafia.

They have also alleged that they were forced into prostitution but added that they resisted and they do not have faith in Delhi Police.

The Ugandan women also alleged that the Ugandan Mission also did not offer any help in this matter and their passports and other important documents have been taken away by the “drug mafia”.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi Government has claimed the incident vindicated their claims about a thriving “drug and sex racket” in South Delhi. With this development, Somnath Bharti who has been under severe attack for his infamous raid at Khirki Extension must have breathed a sigh of relief. Bharti was under attack for his midnight raid at Khirki Extension in Malviya Nagar to bust an alleged-sex-drug-racket.

The Ugandan women, along with some boys, approached Bharti on Saturday during the Mohalla Sabha seeking his help in the matter. The Delhi Government on Monday first sought the intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs to provide “protection” to the three Ugandan women after they approached it alleging they were held hostages. They requested the Government to help in the matter and arrange for their safe return to Uganda.

On Tuesday, the MEA said it had approached the Ugandan Mission asking it to provide consular access to the three women.

“The city administration has approached us after which we have requested the Ugandan Mission to provide consular access to these three women,” the Spokesperson in the MEA said.

PWD Minister Manish Sisodia said the women were taken to the Deputy Commissioner’s (South) office and their statements were registered under Section 164 CrPC. The traffickers were African nationals. “Somnath Bharti’s stand is now vindicated in the Khirki Extension raid,” he added.

“People still feel that the Delhi Police can’t help them. That’s why three Ugandan women approached the Delhi Government for help. Even the Ugandan Embassy did not offer any help to them. It’s clear that there is a sex and drug racket. It is very strange that Delhi Police is not conducting a raid despite complaints,” Sisodia said.

Lambasting BJP leaders who have criticised Bharti’s midnight raids, Sisodia said that those who are raising fingers at Bharti should now introspect. Congress and BJP as well as various women organisations had come down hard on Bharti for his action. However, the AAP had maintained he was innocent and wanted the police to carry out a raid against an alleged drug and prostitution ring.

Meanwhile, taking serious note of the three Ugandan women’s allegations, Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Barkha Singh on Tuesday wrote a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner asking him to depute maximum police personnel in the Khirki Extension area to ensure that no woman, especially a foreigner is forced into prostitution. She has also urged the Commissioner to direct the area SHO to take immediate action. She said, “I have written to the Police Commissioner to increase police force at Khirki Extension but I still maintain that the Law Minister should not have gone there.”