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Prostitution racket: Hotelier and his goons prey on woman visitors at Tihar’s gate



The Tihar Jail administration is facing a peculiar problem. A hotelier and his goons have taken to hanging around the prison premises to lure young woman visitors into prostitution. Sources said the jail administration had received several complaints against the hotelier and his cronies, who were preying on the women’s vulnerability and poor financial status. Lone women coming to meet relatives lodged in the prison were allegedly stalked and harassed near the entrance of jail 4 on the main road.

The victims said the man had approached them with offers for a job as dancers or sex workers at his hotel in Karol Bagh. “Most of the woman visitors to the jail do not have money for legal aid and their husbands or brothers, who are the main bread- earners, are lodged inside the prison. So this man promises to give them jobs in the flesh trade at hotels in Karol Bagh,” a jail officer said.

“We do not how many women have already been lured by this person,” the officer added. On Wednesday, one such victim called up the police control room soon after the accused pestered her with job offers. But by the time the police reached the spot, he had fled. The jail administration has filed a formal complaint at the Hari Nagar police station.

Tihar DIG R. N. Sharma insisted on not knowing anything about the incident but ACP (west) V. Renganathan confirmed receiving a complaint.”We have received a complaint from the jail administration. We are inquiring into the matter and conducting a probe,” he said.


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