Guwahati: In what has been suspected as an alleged case of human trafficking, an 18-year-old girl from Kalimpong district of West Bengal has gone missing from Delhi.
The victim, identified as Shanti Jogi, had gone to the national capital to earn some money for the family that has been going through a financial crisis for quite some time now. She was last heard on November 19 when she called her family from an unknown number saying that she was headed to New Delhi.
As per reports, Shanti is the only daughter of Chandra Bahadur Jogi. She lost her mother, Devimaya Pradhan, during her childhood days. The Class 12 student of Jubilee High School in Kalimpong had to take the responsibility of the family after her ailing father lost his hearing ability.
Phoolmaya Devi, Shanti’s maternal aunt who has been looking after her since she lost her mother, told EastMojo, “She went to Delhi on her own and informed us that she was heading to the national capital to earn some money to help the distressed family.”
The family has lodged a missing person’s complaint at the Kalimpong police station soon after Shanti made the last call to the family suspecting it to be a case of human trafficking.
Rebecca Rai, a representative at the Delhi Police’s Northeast Cell, said, “Shanti may have reached Delhi but Delhi Police has not been able to trace her as of now.” The police are trying to trace the mobile number from which she made the call to her family, she added.
Despite the family reporting the incident to Kalimpong police, they have only made a general diary of the case but have not filed an FIR as yet. “The police are yet to file an FIR as the missing person is above 18 years of age,” added Rai.
Incidentally, West Bengal accounted for the highest number of human trafficking cases as per a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report of 2016. Of a total 8,132 cases of human trafficking in India, a staggering 3,579 cases of were reported from the state.