On 14th June at 5 pm we got a lead about a minor girl being exploited at a lodge situated near the Pune highway. After verifying the lead, we rushed to the rural police station in Pune to present our evidence to the Superintendent of Police, SP. Since there was a citywide program taking place, most of the police force was busy maintaining law and order in the city and the SP was out as well. When the SP answered our call, he asked us to give him the information and he would conduct the raid, a request we couldn’t fulfill. We explained to him that the information was extremely sensitive and needed to be handled confidentially and acted upon immediately.  

16 year old Noori

After a lot of back and forth, he agreed and connected us with the Crime Branch Rural, Pune. After talking to the officer in charge at the crime branch, he connected us with an officer of his team.  We fixed up a meeting and decided the location  where we would meet prior to the raid.

When he came with his team, we noticed that there were no female police officers present, we couldn’t proceed with the rescue without female police staff present. We explained since we were dealing with a minor girl, there had to be female police personnel present. We requested him to call his female police staff to the location. 

At 3:40 pm the female police officers arrived and without a minute to spare, we proceeded to the location. 

At 4:10 pm the police and our team raided the brothel and Noori the minor victim forced into prostitution was rescued from the lodge. We found two women in their 30s who were also engaging in prostitution at the lodge. The police arrested three men all who appeared to be in their 20s and who were present at the lodge. 

The police completed the First Information Report at 12 am. We accompanied Noori for her medical check up and then to the shelter home in Pune where she was placed.