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Ashok Gehlot wants to remain clean amid girls’ auction in Rajasthan; says it happened in 2005 during BJP government in state

In response to shocking stories of girls being sold at auction on stamp papers, Rajasthan's chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, on Saturday attempted to deflect criticism by claiming that the incident occurred in 2005, when the Bharatiya Janata Party was in office.

By wasmulhaq 
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Jaipur: In response to shocking stories of girls being sold at auction on stamp papers, Rajasthan’s chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, on Saturday attempted to deflect criticism by claiming that the incident occurred in 2005, when the Bharatiya Janata Party was in office. “We arrived and exposed it in 2019. Of the 21 accused, three were killed and one fled. Two kids died, and the others went to their respective homes. The story hit the headlines, Gehlot said.

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The chief minister made his attempt to put out the fire following the National Human Rights Commission, the National Commission for Women, and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, and the Rajasthan State Commission for Women’s requested reports. Teams from the NCPCR and NCW will conduct the investigations.

Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal wants action to be taken against the culprits and directed to state law enforcement agencies to clean up such illegal activities. She further said that some influential people may be responsible for the running of this racket.

Maliwal’s claims that “influential individuals” are responsible for the crimes, which are similar to those made by NCPCR chairman Priyank Kanoongo on Friday, who claimed that organised child trafficking, like the case of Bhilwara, needs ‘political and administrative assistance’ to continue. It seems politicians and government officials are involved in this racket.

The case was exposed following a notification from the NHRC that girls were being sold to pay off loans, and if victims’ mothers tried to resist, they were threatened to be raped if they did not allow their children to be auctioned. Following the auctions, the girls were sent to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Delhi, and even abroad.

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