DCW raid at GB Road: Inebriated youth in early teens thronging brothels a common sight
The Commission was shocked to note that each brothel was thronged by hundreds of boys who were drunk, several of them in their early teens. Upon interacting with them, the DCW learnt that many boys visiting these brothels were students belonging to some of the best universities in Delhi! The area was ripe with criminal activities and attacks and gang fights are very common therein.
The Commission also visited brothels owned by Afaaq, who was recently apprehended by the Crime Branch for selling over 5,000 girls in GB Road. “The Commission was shocked to learn that the business in the brothels owned by Afaaq continued as usual and was not affected by the raid of the Crime Branch,” said Maliwal. Each brothel was in a pathetic condition. The stench emanating from the same was intolerable. Also, there were illegal constructions all over and hidden cells kept popping up.
These tehkhanas are used by brothel owners to hide minor girls. The Commission has been repeatedly requesting MCDs to break these tehkhanas but nothing has happened till date. SHO Dinesh Sharma informed the Commission of the lack of proper streetlights in the area and stressed the need for high definition CCTV cameras to aid policing.
The Commission has also requested the same from the PWD and MCD. It was obvious that the police resources available were miniscule compared to the need. The Commission was deeply saddened to find several children playing around the brothels. These are the children of the victims of commercial sexual exploitation and are very vulnerable.
“GB road is 3 km from Parliament of India. Still criminal activities continue here. Every other day minor girls are sold and brutalized,” Maliwal said.