SRINAGAR: Three Rohingya men have been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a trafficking and rape case. The convicts, identified as Mohammad Ayas, Hafeez Ahmed, and Mohammad Yunus, were involved in trafficking Rohingya women into Jammu and Kashmir through Bangladesh and later arranging their marriages in exchange for money, Hindustan Times reported.

According to investigators, the incident took place in the Rohingya refugee camp in Nuh, Haryana, where the convicts raped two women. The victims, in their early 20s, had illegally entered India from Bangladesh, paying an unidentified individual Rs 25,000 for their passage.

The convicts, residing in the Rohingya refugee camp in Nuh at the time, facilitated their journey to Delhi via Mizoram and Kolkata, the newspaper reported.

In September 2021, the convicts demanded Rs 15,000 per woman for their release from their brother. Despite the brother paying Rs 30,000, the convicts did not release the women; instead, they took the women to Malab village in Nuh, finalising a deal to sell them to a woman in Kashmir’s Anantnag for Rs 70,000 each.

The report further suggests that the  woman from Anantnag who purchased the two Rohingya women has evaded arrest despite multiple raids in different locations, and the person who facilitated the border crossing for Rs 25,000 also remains unidentified.

The case came to light when their brother of the victims contacted the authorities.

Subsequently, a case was registered against the three Rohingya men in November 2021 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including human trafficking, sexual exploitation, wrongful confinement, conspiracy, common intention, and criminal intimidation.

The convicts, arrested in December 2021, confessed to the crime and were denied bail in 2022. They were later shifted to Nuh jail in 2023..

The investigation is the case is going on.

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