Deny bail to brothel owner, cops tell court

Police have moved a fast track court seeking cancellation of bail of a brothel owner, who had forced a girl into prostitution and then allegedly approached the victim’s family with an offer of Rs 1 lakh to settle a rape case.

After this incident, the court directed police to provide protection to the victim. Police informed the court that the victim is being escorted by a woman constable and two constables for court proceedings.

They also told the court that the staff at Bapuna Women Centre, where the girl is living now, has also been briefed about protection to be given to her.

Earlier, an additional sub-inspector associated with the case told the court that he has been getting calls from a number that belongs to the victim’s father.

At this, the victim said the accused has been calling the ASI from her father’s mobile phone number with an intention to make him speak to police and settle the matter.
The judge directed the DCP to retrieve the call details.

The prosecution case is that the victim used to earn a living in her hometown by packing peanuts. In July 2011, she met a woman who brought her to Delhi for a well-paying job and was then forced into prostitution by Praveen and co-accused Bhanu, who has been declared a proclaimed offender.

The court has framed charges of rape and abetment to rape against Praveen under the IPC and under provisions of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act.

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