Forced into prostitution? 3 Ugandan women approach Delhi govt

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Forced prostitution: 3 Ugandan women approach Delhi govt
New Delhi, Feb 3: Three Ugandan women from Khirki in Delhi approached the state government on Monday, claiming to have been forced into prostitution.

The women, reportedly, recorded statements with police Commissioner, South, under section 164. The women also alleged that they were held hostages by drug mafias in Malviya Nagar area of South Delhi. Reportedly, Delhi government has sought the intervention of Ministry of External Affairs in providing "protection" to three women.

A government official said the women in their grievance have stated that their passports and other important documents have been taken away by the "drug mafia". They requested the government to help in the matter and arrange for their safe return to Uganda, top officials told PTI.

"They were taken to the Deputy Commissioner's (South) office and their statements were registered under section 164 CrPC. We have already approached the MEA seeking protection to them. We also requested the Ministry to arrange for their return to Uganda," they said. The women said they live in Khirki Extension area of Malviya Nagar.

This incident brings a 'twist' to the ongoing Ugandan nationals' issue in the capital city. Law minister Somnath Bharti's midnight raid at some Ugandan nationals' house in Khirki last month had created a huge furore in the country last month.

Bharti had said that he had received "information" on a prostitution-and-drug ring. He demanded police conduct medical tests on foreign nationals and even search a house, without a warrant.

Later, four Ugandan women said that they were forced to undergo a medical examination at AIIMS for suspected drug use and they accused Bharti and AAP workers of abusing them during the raid.

Bharti was summoned by the Delhi Commission for Women and his resignation was demanded by all opposition parties.

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