Close relatives have been found to be involved in trafficking of Nepali adolescent girls and women to India, from Morang.

Maiti Nepal Morang Coordinator Binod Pokharel said close relatives - maternal uncle, maternal aunt, father's sister and her husband - were involved in trafficking.

At a press conference organised by Maiti Nepal, Morang, today, informed that as many as 37 women and girls were rescued from the bordering area from April 2020 to March 2021. During the period, Maiti Nepal was successful in saving women and girls from Morang, Sunsari, Dhankuta, Udayapur, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Siraha, Saptari, Solukhumbu, Bara , Chitwan, Sindhupalchowk, Khotang and Jhapa from being trafficked to India.

In the same period last year, 110 adolescent girls and women were rescued from the Nepal-India border areas in Morang. Of late, 966 women's missing complaints have been registered.

Most of the women had been trafficked to India, lured with promises of good jobs, said the survivors.

Among 11 rape complaints registered last year, most of the victims were between the age of 18 and 26.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 27, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.