Woman’s uncle arrested for forcing her into prostitution

Jajpur: The uncle of a woman was among four persons arrested today from a village in Odisha for allegedly forcing her into prostitution in Uttar Pradesh, police said.

The 25-year-old woman of Kharamangi village in Jajpur district of Odisha was married to Prakash Kabir Das of Chausath village in Uttar Pradesh on October 03, 2012. Her uncle Gopal Khuntia and one Bhagabat Sahu negotiated the marriage.

Soon after the marriage, Prakash took the bride to his native village in UP along with the two negotiators. He then allegedly forced her into prostitution before selling her to one Suraj Pal for Rs 10,000 in the presence of her uncle and another relative.

Suraj also allegedly forced her into prostitution. In her bid to escape from the situation, the woman told Suraj that a LIC policy in her name had matured and the amount was estimated over Rs 50,000.

To collect the policy bond from her parental house, both came to the village on Monday. After reaching the village, the woman narrated her plight to her parents and angry locals locked up Suraj and his friend in a room.

They also caught Bhagabat Sahu, Gopal Khuntia and Raju Sahu who assisted Suraj in the crime. Later, the four persons were handed over to police.

"We have arrested the four persons in this case," said Deepak Kumar Superintendent of Police of Jajpur. However, police was yet to arrest the woman's husband. A team of police would proceed to UP soon to arrest others involved in the crime, the SP said.

The accused were remanded in judicial custody by a local court.