SINDHUPALCHOK, Jan 9: The District Court of Sindhupalchowk on Wednesday sent a man to 11 years in jail for selling his daughter in an Indian brothel.
Lok Bahadur Ghale, 64, a resident of Dubachaur VDC-6, has been sentenced to 11 years in jail under the Human Trafficking and Transportation (control) Act-2064 BS. A single bench of Judge Ananta Raj Dumre issued the verdict.
The court also slapped a 10-year jail term on Harka Bahadur Tamang, of Dubachaur VDC-6, for selling Ghale´s daughter, who has been identified as ´Chautara-I´.
However, the court acquitted three others charged with forcing Chautara-1 into flesh trade. Ishwor Ghale, Ram Sharan Ghale and Kajiman Tamang were acquitted by the court as the police failed to produce adequate evidence against them.
Daba Tamang, the main accused, is absconding, though.
Chautara-I was sold into a brothel in Sahid Nagar of New Delhi, India five years ago. She had managed to escape the brothel three months later. After she returned to her village, Chautara-I filed a written complaint against Ishwor Ghale and Ram Sharan Ghale. Her father was arrested later by the police on the basis of their statements. Police arrested Harka Bahadur and Kajiman on the basis of the statement of Ghale, the victim´s father.
Chautara-I was married to Gambhe Ghale, of Chautara-9. After Gambhe married another woman, Ghale took his daughter away to Kathmandu and handed her over to Harka Bahadur.