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PUNE: A woman was booked here on Monday for allegedly selling her 12-year-old daughter to her alleged rapist for Rs 1 lakh. The man raped the girl again before selling her to a brothel at Khed near Pune.

The case came to light after the girl escaped from the brothel and took help from an NGO to register a complaint against her mother and others.

Police said the girl's ordeal started on May 27 and ended on September 29, when she escaped from the brothel.

Inspector Satish Nikam said the rape survivor, a Class VII student at a school in Solapur, was visiting her mother at Parli in Beed district during her summer vacations in May when she was allegedly raped.

Nikam said, "The man later sold the girl to a tamasha kendra in Khed for Rs 1 lakh where she was forced to dance in front of customers. The man who visited the kendra raped her again. The girl was harassed and tortured after she resisted and refused to entertain customers."

Police said the girl later contacted her teacher in Solapur on phone and sought her help. "Her teacher advised her to run away and seek police help. She also directed her to an NGO in Pune," Nikam said.

"On Sunday, the girl escaped from the kendra and took a bus to Pune railway station and contacted Aparna Dubey, president of Astitva Mahila Pratisthan, on telephone. Dubey rushed there, collected her details and took her to a nearby police station and registered a complaint," he said.

A medical examination was then conducted on the girl. "We have now transferred the case to Chakan police station in Pune rural as the kendra is located in their limits," he added.

Dubey said, "We instantly rushed to the railway station and found the girl waiting. The girl was trembling with fear and broke down. We took her in confidence, following which she gave details of what she had gone through."

She said the girl blamed her mother for the physical and mental trauma she underwent for several months. "The girl has told us there are many like her who entertain customers at the kendra."

"We will now take up the matter with the Pune rural police to arrest the suspects and bust the illegal activities at the brothel. We will keep the girl either at the remand home or with us after completing legal formalities," she added.

Police have booked her mother, the rapist, kendra owner and others under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

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