We first heard about Kanchan in February 2023 while we were investigating different areas in Kanpur.  It took us two months to track the 14 year old girl down at a brothel in Kanpur in April. 

On 13th April, we proceeded to Kanpur to find and rescue her before she disappeared without a trace again.

On the 14th morning, the team gathered in Kanpur and we started discussing rescue strategies. Later that day our liaison officer met the Additional Superintendent of Police, ASP, Kanpur, and presented evidence of 14 year old Kanchan. He told us that he needed to make some calls and that he would keep us posted. We left his office and went to have lunch.  We barely started our lunch and the ASP called and asked us to come to his office as a team from the crime branch were at his office to discuss more about Kanchan’s rescue.  We abandoned our meal and rushed to his office. 

Once we reached the ASPs office we discussed rescue strategies with the ASP and the team from the crime branch.  

Operation Kanchan

At 4 pm, we all proceeded to the brothel. At approximately 4:20 pm the police and our team raided the brothel and 14 year old Kanchan was rescued from one of the rooms. The police arrested seven women and three men. After collecting all the evidence, the victim, accused, and our team proceeded to the police station.

We had a few challenges at the police station. The police refused to add POCSO (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) to the First Information Report.  Adding this act was important as it would strengthen Kanchan’s case; higher chances of the accused getting convicted and sentenced to jail and Kanchan getting compensation.   After discussions and debates, the FIR was completed only at 11:40 pm. 

We accompanied Kanchan to a one stop centre, a temporary shelter, where she would be staying till the Child Welfare Committee passed an order. 

On 18th April, Kanchan recorded her 164 statement (164 statement is a voluntary statement in which the victim shares her experience at the brothel and names of the accused) before a special court in Kanpur. She was dropped back to the one stop center. On 19th we accompanied Kanchan to the CWC who after going through her details passed an order that she be placed in a shelter home in Kanpur.