Bihar Police have arrested a 32-year-old man, Mohammed Shamshad, for ‘marrying’ 12 girls, including minors, and pushing them into prostitution. Shamshad alias ‘Manohar’ is a resident of Anarkali village of the Kochadhaman Police Station area of Kishanganj district.
The accused, who is said to have been preparing for his higher studies, was arrested by the Angarh Police of Purnia district from Koidangi village in the Bahadurganj police station area of Kishanganj district for ‘marrying’ minor girls and selling them off. He used to pretend that he was single when he approached the girls and trapped them.
Angarh SHO Prithvi Paswan said an FIR had been registered against the accused on December 8, 2015 by Mohammad Haseeb, a resident of Bijwar in Purnia district, who stated that on November 27, 2015, Shamshad had kidnapped his minor daughter on the pretext of marrying her. Later, police recovered the abducted minor girl from LRP Chowk in Kishanganj. However, Shamshad had been on the run and kept on dodging police for 6 years, the SHO said.
During interrogation, Shamshad revealed his modus operandi. According to police, the accused had married 12 girls, out of which 8 were minors. Police said Shamshad used to introduce himself as a bachelor to marry innocent girls and later forcibly push him into prostitution.
India Today has reported that all the girls were from the Muslim community. Shamshad confessed that he used to force the girls to get into prostitution in the red light area of Thakurganj in the Kishanganj district. He said he later sold the girls in Bengal for more money. Out of 12 girls, 2 are from the Angarh police station area and 10 others are from the Kishanganj district.
The police are trying to recover all the girls.