Chandigarh, July 10: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in its report has chronicled rampant large-scale trafficking of girls from other states into Haryana where they are held as bonded labourers and forced into marriages. Such girls are nicknamed Paro (of Devdas fame) in the villages of Haryana, particularly in Mewat area. The girls are forced to marry against their will and are “sold” at price that varies according to their age, beauty and virginity.
The UN report has blamed Haryana’s fast declining female sex ratio for large-scale trafficking of girls from other states. The report, “Current Status of Victim Service Providers and Criminal Justice Actors in India on Anti-Human Trafficking-2013”, states: “There’s a large-scale trafficking of girls from the North-East. These girls are being brought to Haryana for forced marriage and bonded labour.