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Man forces 8 wives into flesh trade, arrested


Taking human trafficking and sexual crimes against women to abysmal levels, a Vizag man, Dhanapala Arun Kumar, cheated and married eight women in all and later forced two of his wives and one daughter into flesh trade. Fortunately, two of his wives, who had managed to come out of his clutches and approached the police for seeking protection for them as well as his other wives reported ‘missing’.

The untold misery of the victims came to light when two of the victims, who managed to come out of his clutches and approached the police brass. One of the victims said she is unable to bear his physical torture and told the media persons that the accused Arun Kumar even bribed the local police for looking the other way round. The city police have arrested Dhanapala Arun Kumar. Prior to this arrest, Mahila Chetana, A women’s welfare association backed them and shared details of the sordid tale at a press conference here on Wednesday.

Another Victim, one of Arun’s wives, went to Disha Police Station on February 18 and filed a complaint against her husband Arun Kumar, who was previously caught in prostitution and ganja cases. He used to threaten women falling prey to him with a gun and knives, should they not listen to him. He allegedly forced his daughter from his first wife into the flesh trade. She told the police that she has received death threats from her husband. She also requested counseling. When nothing happened, the victims, accused the local police of ‘protecting’ Arun Kumar, who his involved in the nefarious activities of the accused.

After the lid came off, Andhra Pradesh top cop Gautam Sawang slammed the local police for not registering a case against Arun Kumar and directed the Visakhapatnam Commissioner of Police to take action against the accused. He said that those who commit crimes against women should not be spared. If there are any more victims, they can contact the DCP directly, the DGP said. Responding to the complaints and as per the directives of the Commissioner of Police Kancherlapalem Police Station officials booked a case against Arun Kumar and took him into custody. DCP (Law & Order) will supervise the investigation of the case.

However, the cops did not take any action against him. Arun had boasted before them that they could not file any case against him since he had bought over the local police, the women claimed. The complainants stated that the other women had ‘disappeared’ and suspected Arun Kumar’s hand in their disappearance. They approached a women’s welfare association, which brought the matter to the attention of CP Manish Kumar. The victims had sent voice messages to CP Manish Kumar, stating that they were in danger of being killed by the accused.

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