Trafficked minor girl returns home
BGB-BSF meeting on SundayNew Age Online
A Bangladeshi teenage girl, Afroja Khatun, who was trafficked into India five years ago along with her mother and brother, returned home on Saturday. A Border Security Force delegation of India escorted her back to the country.
The Indian delegation led by Banshi Dhar Sharma, the special director general of the BSF, handed Afroja over to her family, in the presence of Border Guard Bangladesh’s chief Major General Aziz Ahmed and other officials, at the BGB’s Peelkhana headquarters.
The delegation arrived in Dhaka to attend a five-day DG-level meeting that is scheduled to begin on September 15 (Sunday).
BGB officials said Afroja was trafficked to India along with her mother and brother in 2009, after being lured by the traffickers of better job in the next door country.
But, they were arrested at Balurghat district of Paschimbanga in India as they were returning home after failing to find job in Delhi.
Her mother was jailed for two years for infiltration. Afroja was with her mother in Indian jail while her brother was sent to a safe-home, called ‘Shuvayon’, considering his age.
The mother died on October 13, 2009 in a hospital in India.
After being informed, BGB men had taken an initiative to return Afroja and her brother to Bangladesh authority.
Earlier, India returned her brother to Bangladesh on August 24, 2011.
Afroja returned home with the efforts of border guards of both the countries.
BGB, meanwhile, has helped enrolling her in to Shaheed Colonel Kazi Emdadul Haque Public School at BGB Rajshahi.
A non-government organisation (association for community development) in Rajshahi has already taken initiatives to take care of her accommodation, food, treatment and clothing.
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