Girl trafficked to India returns home

September 15, 2013

A Bangladeshi teenage girl, trafficked to India five years ago along with her mother and brother, returned home along with a Border Security Force delegation on Saturday.
The Indian delegation, led by Banshi Dhar Sharma, special director general of the Border Security Force, handed the girl over to her family in the presence of the Border Guard Bangladesh director general, Aziz Ahmed, and other officials at the BGB headquarters.
The Indian delegation arrived in Dhaka on Saturday to attend a five-day DG-level flag meeting beginning today.
BGB officials said that Afroja Khatun had been trafficked to India along with her mother and brother in 2009 after she had been promised a job by the traffickers in the neighbouring country. She was born in Natore in 2001.
They were arrested at Balurghat in India when they were about to return after staying in Delhi.
Her mother was sentenced to jail for two years on charge of infiltration. She started living with her mother in the Indian jail while her brother was sent to a safe home considering his age.
Her mother died on October 13, 2009 in a hospital in India.
After being informed of the incident, the Bangladesh border guards had taken an initiative to have her and her brother back home.
Earlier Bangladesh could bring her brother back on August 24, 2011.
The Border Guard Bangladesh, meanwhile, arranged for her education at Shaheed Colonel Kazi Emdadul Haque Public School at the BGB sector headquarters in Rajshahi.
Non-governmental organisation Association for Community Development in Rajshahi had already taken an initiative for her accommodation, food, treatment and clothes.

-With New Age input

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