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Bihar: 9 booked for holding young women captive, sexually assaulting them on pretext of providing job

The accused had approached the victim on social media and lured her for a job. The survivor said that the police refused to accept her complaint initially, and because of that, she approached the court, after which a case was registered on the matter.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Muzaffarpur Published on: June 17, 2024 22:22 IST
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Nine people were booked in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur for allegedly holding several young women captive for months and sexually assaulting them on the pretext of providing them with jobs, the police said on Monday (June 17). The accused persons were linked to a forged marketing firm, they added. "All the nine accused are absconding, and police have launched a hunt to nab them. The case was registered following the direction of a court," said deputy SP Vinita Sinha.

How did the matter come to light?

One of the survivors had filed a complaint against nine people before the court, she said.

"We recorded the statement of the complainant as well as several other victims. The complaint revealed that the accused first approached her through social media in June 2022 and asked her to visit Muzaffarpur to get a good job," said Sinha.

"When she came to Muzaffarpur, she was first kept in a room. Several other young girls were also staying there. Later, they were shifted to an undisclosed location and all were engaged in making calls to young women and offering them lucrative jobs in their forged firm," the officer said.

Eventually, the accused people began living with the victims, she said.

Victims were also coerced into marriages: Police

"The victims were held captive by the accused. The victims were beaten up by the accused and sexually abused as well. The complainant and other victims were also coerced into marriages,” she added.

"Later, they were deceived into aborting their foetus. The complainant also told the police that whenever they asked for their salaries, the accused used to tell them that they were part of the firm now. Finally, the survivor managed to escape and went to the police station to lodge an FIR," said Sinha.

The survivor said that the police refused to accept her complaint initially, and because of that, she approached the court. Sinha said it would be investigated why her complaint was not lodged by the police at first.

(With PTI inputs)

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