Girls drugged into puberty, sold as prostitutes
Forced into puberty, prostitution
A Headlines Today team has uncovered the thriving prostitution racket in Sodavas and Girvas villages of the state's Alwar region. The team found that villagers were giving the girls - some of them as young as 10 - repeated and unregulated shots of growth hormone Oxytocin to speed up their sexual maturation.
"Gangs from the Bedia and Nutt communities kidnap girls, give them injections to make them reach puberty. The girls are then sent to Mumbai and even the Gulf for prostitution," said Rishi, a social activist in the area.
The kidnapped girls, some of them six-month-old babies, are brought to Sodavas and Girvas from far and wide. They are raised by the villagers "as their own daughters".
"Prostitution is a tradition in our community," said Ram Prasad, a village panch.
Unregulated use of Oxytocin
Oxytocin is injected by unscrupulous farmers into vegetables to make them grow faster and bigger or given to buffaloes by milkmen to boost milk yield.
Oxytocin injections are available across the counter in Alwar and are codenamed 'Goli Number 10'. Almost every chemist stocks Oxytocin although the area has absolutely no cattle population or farming.
"Oxytocin causes several hormonal changes. Apart from early puberty, the girls develop feelings of love, trust and sexual arousal. This is how the hormone is being misused," said Dr Anuradha Kapur, gynaecologist at Max Hospital.
While there are variations of the drug for human use, the injections given to the girls are the ones meant for animals.
The reason is apparent. "Veterinary Oxytocin is more effective and easily available," said Dr B.D. Gurnani, a local child specialist.
The results are shocking: girls as young as 6 or 7 years old suddenly grow up to look like teenagers. Even their age on documents is forged.
"Giving high, unregulated doses of Oxytocin can affect the centre nervous system, cause seizures and have other side-effects," said Dr Kapur.
"The families are into prostitution since generations. They have been doing it since 1947," said Om Prakash Gujjar, a sarpanch.
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