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Girl undergoing counselling to recover from trauma

By Devesh K. Pandey

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 19. The 12-year-old girl, who was abducted from Jehangirpuri in North-West Delhi five years ago and was recently rescued from Sayeed Nagar in Agra and reunited with her parents here, will take a while to recover from the trauma she has had to undergo.

Sangeeta Bansal of a non-government organisation, Sampurna, which has been counselling the victim since her return, said though the abduction and subsequent ill treatment meted out to her has had an impact on her psyche, she was recovering fast after being reunited with her family in Jehangirpuri. Apart from Sampurna, some counsellors from another NGO, Swanchetan, also met the victim.

Rajat Mitra of Swanchetan said in such cases the victim suffer from trauma and their foremost fear is that of undergoing the same experience again in future. "There is a need to make the victim feel safe and counsel their parents so that they accept them overlooking the fact that their daughter was away from them for so long," he said, adding that the next step should be to make sure that the victim gets justice.

Dr. Mitra opined that in these cases, the trafficking aspect is normally not given much prominence, but it does have a negative impact on victim's mind as she gets disturbed by the thought of having been traded.

During counselling, the victim revealed that she and her six-year-old neighbour were abducted by two women, following which they were taken to Agra. She was kept in confinement and made to do household work. Earlier, she had revealed to the Agra police that her captors used to administer harmonal injections to her saying she would grow taller and beautiful.

While the girl is happy to be back among her near and dear ones, the police have moved an application in an Agra court to secure the production warrant of the seven accused in the case. "They will be brought here for interrogation to establish the identity of her kidnappers. We would also try to trace the other girl from them," said the Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West Delhi), Sanjay Singh.

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