The High Court on Tuesday directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to inform it as to how a minor girl from Rohingya community of Myanmar had been allegedly sold for Rs 80,000 to a man in Kashmir.
Following earlier court directions, authorities of Observation Home Harwan here had handed over the minor's custody to her maternal uncle, Muhammad Firoz Maungdaw, in November last year.
In a plea before the High Court, the minor's uncle, from Rakian district of Myanmar who lives as a refugee in Delhi, has said that the minor was kidnapped after riots of July 2015 in Mayanmar and taken to Bangladesh illegally where from she was trafficked into India.
She, Firoz said, was finally sold to a man from Saliya in Anantnag district for Rs 80,000.
Firoz, through his counsel advocate Shah Faisal, had moved the court in 2016 after he came to know about the whereabouts of the minor girl in Kashmir.
Hearing the petition, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura today asked senior additional advocate general B A Dar to file status report about the investigation of the case.
After the Union Home Ministry granted one-year visa to the minor, the court in November last year had directed J&K mission director, Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), to report about the orders passed with regard to handing over the custody of the victim to her maternal uncle.
The court had also directed him to take up the matter with Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPRC) at Kashmere Gate for ensuring care and protection to the victim during her stay with her maternal uncle in Delhi.