New Delhi: A 20-year-old married woman from Karnataka was sold in New Delhi for Rs. 1 lakh a week ago by a human trafficking gang and raped by her buyer who kept her at his house, police said today.
The incident was reported to Ghazipur police station in east Delhi on January 9 when the victim managed to flee from the clutches of the accused, identified as Zakir. He had bought her from a man with whom the victim had come to Delhi from Karnataka on January 6 after being promised with a job.
A police officer said that Zakir raped the woman several times.
"Zakir had also beaten her up. He along with his woman associate, Geeta, was contacting some clients in Mumbai and Pune to sell the victim. Meanwhile, the victim managed to give them a slip and reported the matter to police," said the officer.
The case was registered and both the accused were arrested on January 11 from Ghazipur area.
"The victim is married and belongs to Bangalore. Following an altercation with her husband, she left her home on January 1 and came in contact with a human trafficking gang. The gang members then lured her for a good job in Delhi and sold her to the accused. Her missing complaint is already registered by her husband in Karnataka's Chikballapur police station," said the officer.
"After the deal got fixed, one of the gang members took the victim to Delhi via train and the victim was handed over to Zakir at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station where he was already present with Geeta," the officer added.
During questioning, the accused revealed that a few days ago, they had sold a 23-year-old woman at Delhi's GB Road brothel No 57.
"This woman was also rescued on Monday and the brothel owner, Mumtaz, was arrested," the officer added.