As many as 31 tribal girls from Assam were trafficked to Gujarat and Punjab by Sewa Bharati, a social service organization affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in June last year to ‘initiate them into Hinduism’, according to reports simultaneously published by Outlook magazine and the investigative news site Cobrapost on Friday.
The reports — investigated separately by the news organisations for about three months, say that the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Crime Branch, Delhi Police, along with some other agencies, swooped down upon the the girls along with their local handlers — one Korobi Basumatary and Sandhya Tikde associated with Sewa Bharati – as soon as they stepped out of the Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express around 7.40 pm. on June 11, 2015, at the New Delhi Railway Station. The Outlook report also names the involvement of yet another RSS outfit, Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, in the case.
The Crime Branch reportedly was tipped off by Child Line India Foundation, an NGO working for the protection of child rights in India, alleging that these poor girls were being trafficked. The age group of the girls, belonging to Bodo and Santhal communities from Assam’s Kokjrajhar district, ranged between 8 and 14.
Outlook reporter Neha Dixit says, ‘The girls were to be picked by one Ramanikbhai of Halwad in Gujarat and Bina of Patiala in Punjab, both working for the RSS. The Bodo and adivasi girls, taken away from their homes, have now embraced patriarchal ideas of honour, sati and jauhar instead of turning to their own brave tribal women warriors like Tengfakhri, who fought criminals in the British era instead of committing suicide like the Rani of Chhota Kashi. The ‘bravery’ being instilled in these girls is limited to the Sangh’s Hindu state-building efforts as wives, mothers, recruiters and sometimes propagandists. They return home indoctrinated and embittered, their teenage rebellion channelised into radical religiosity.’
As per a Supreme Court directive in September, 2010, children below the age group of 12 are barred from being sent outside Assam and Manipur for education. The directive came in response to a probe into trafficking of 76 children from these states, most of them minor girls, to “homes” run by Christian missionaries in Tamil Nadu. In spite of the SC order, over 5000 children have gone missing in Assam between 2012 and 2015, according to a CID report quoted by Outlook, which is very disturbing.
Source- The Wire