At the end of March 2023 while we were investigating Mandsaur in MP, we learned about two minors being sexually exploited in one of the deras (villages.)  We presented the evidence to the Superintendent of Police in Mandsaur.  He appointed the Additional Superintendent of Police, ADSP to look into the matter.  He immediately  appointed a special task force to rescue the victims.  

On 1st April, we waited the whole day but were not able to confirm the victims’ presence at the brothel. Finally at 4:30 pm we learned that the victims were spotted at the brothel.  Immediately we had a meeting with the police who shared the rescue strategy with us. Without wasting any time, the police raided the brothel. Both victims were rescued and the brothel keeper and the owner of the brothel, a husband wife team,  were arrested by the police. After the police filed their report and bagged evidence,  the victims, accused and our team proceeded to the police station. 

At the police station, the victims shared their details with our team and the police. The police filed a First Information Report which included PITA sections 3,5,6,7 and IPC Act 372 and 373 and 34, strengthening the victims’ case and ensuring the accused would get punished. We accompanied the victims for their medicals after which they were sent to a shelter home in Mandsaur. 

On the 2nd April, the victims were produced before a special court where they shared their 164 statements (a 164 statement is a voluntary statement in which the victim shares her ordeal at the brothel and names of the accused.)  The investigating officer who was assigned the case shared that the victims gave strong statements that would be in favour of the investigation.