9 Bangladeshi girls return after serving 2 yrs in Indian jail

Published : 03 Feb 2023 10:00 PM

Nine Bangladeshi teenage girls have returned to the country via the Benapole border of Jashore on Friday after serving two-year jail term in India.

The teenage girls were handed over to Benapole Immigration Police through a special travel permit, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge (OC) of Benapole Check-post Immigration Police.

The returnee girls are Mithu Begum ,18, Shirina Akter, 16, Akhi Khatun, 15, Priya Das, 17, Riya Biswas, 18, Shanti Das, 16, Sonia Akter, 17, Bithi Khatun, 18 and Banu Khatun, 16.

It was known that the girls are residents of Dhaka, Narail, Satkhira and Patuakhali districts.

Sonia Akter, one of the returnees said that they went to India through different borders of Jashore with help of brokers two and half years ago in search of work.

Indian police arrested them while working at home in Hyderabad of India. An India court later sentenced them to two years in jail.

After the completion of their jail sentences, they were kept at a local Shelter Home, Sonia added.

Jashore Justice and Care Centre and Mahila Ain Samiti receive them from the police. Later, the police will hand the girls over to their respective family members, said the OC.