Bhubaneswar, Sept 13:
A 22-year-old girl, Sandhyarani Samantray, lodged a complaint at the Mahila police station here on Friday alleging that she was forced into flesh trade by a man she claims to have married in a temple in Puri in 2007.
According to Sandhyarani, Prasant Kumar Sahoo alias Bapi had married her after an affair with her.
She claimed she was just 15 then when Prasant used to visit his uncle’s house in her native Khatapiringi under Brahmagiri police station in Puri district and developed a relationship with her. He later took her with him to Bhubaneswar after marrying her in Bata Mangala temple, said victim Sandhyarani.
Prasant later engaged her in flesh trade in which various Government and influential persons, including a State Crime Branch officer were involved, alleged the victim in her complaint report.
As days passed, Prasant managed to persuade her and engaged her in flesh trade along with other girls coming from various parts of the State and even West Bengal, informed Sandhyarani. “He collected crores of rupees in the last five years from this business and constructed a house in Pipili and bought two four wheelers with the money. When I pressed him to take me to his home a few days ago, she threatened me of dire consequences,” she said.
Encouraged by State Progressive Women’s Forum activists, the victim today lodged the complaint at the Mahila Police Station and demanded immediate arrest of the main accused and others, including those involved in flesh trade.
“Since the girl has mentioned the names of the various hotels where flesh trade was going on and claimed that several influential persons were her customers, the police should take up the issue seriously and ensure speedy justice to the victim,” said a women activist.
Mahila police station officials, however, are tight-lipped on the issue.