Hyderabad: Tears streamed down the old couple's face when their 15-year-old girl reached home at Darjeeling. For six months, they have been waiting to hear from her girl, but to no avail. Finally, on March 1, they visited Anugyalaya Darjeeling Diocese Social Service Society to seek help to locate their daughter who was lured by a reputed saloon owner of Hyderabad.
Kaaynath Hussain and Faisal, who jointly owns Beauty Parlour & Spa in Hyderabad, promised her a good job, decent salary with all facilities in Hyderabad.
A school dropout, who was reeling under poverty, she decided to give it a shot to sustain her old parents.
Both Kaaynath Hussain and Faisal knew that she is minor and they could land in trouble if they take her to Hyderabad,
"'Therefore, they played a trick. They made her sign an agreement on the Non-Judicial Stamp paper in which they mentioned her age as 19. They wrote terms and conditions in the English language and convinced the parents to sign the papers. They signed the document unaware of what was written. They took the girl to Hyderabad in September 2020," said Shashikant Gurav, Coordinator, AP-TS Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children.
Hell broke loose when she arrived in Hyderabad. The girl was not paid for five months. "Whenever she asked for salary, she was told that she will get after completion of the training. But according to the documents it was monthly wages that were to be provided by the employer," he said.
One fine day in February 2021, the girl managed to call her parents and narrated her tale of woes. "She told them that they are forcing her to do domestic chores at their home in Hyderabad. She said the employers were blackmailing her. They were threatening to file a case of breach of contract against her. They said the family will have to pay a fine of Rs. 80,000- 90,000," said Shashikant.
After hearing the ordeal, Child Protection officer of Anugyalaya Darjeeling Tej Kumar Thapa decided to intervene. The officials immediately called the Red Alert organization in Hyderabad and requested help to rescue the girl.
Tej Kumar Thapa along with Inspector of Anti-human trafficking Unit, Ranga Reddy district of Telangana and lady Sub Inspector. Renuka Reddy led the operation.
They raided the F Saloon near Shilpa Park and rescued not one but two girls.
After legal formalities and medical check, both girls were sent to Child Care home.
Police also registered a case against Kaaynath Hussain and Faisal under section 75 & 79 of the Juvenile Justice (care & protection) Act, 2016.
On April 6, both girls were handed over to their parents by Child Welfare Committee Ranga Reddy in presence of representatives of Anugyalaya Darjeeling, Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children, Hyderabad.