Girls’ mobile numbers for sale in recharge shops in UP for Rs 50 to Rs 500
Mobile phone numbers of young women are being sold in Uttar Pradesh by recharge outlets depending on their age and looks, starting from Rs 50 for �ordinary looking� girl, and ranges till Rs 500 for girls who are considered �beautiful�.
Mobile phone numbers of young women are being sold in Uttar Pradesh by recharge outlets depending on their age and looks, starting from Rs 50 for ‘ordinary looking’ girl, and ranges till Rs 500 for girls who are considered ‘beautiful’.
The thriving racket has come to light after a round-the-clock police helpline, 1090, set up by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was flooded with complaints from women about unsolicited calls, Hindustan Times reported.
Out of the 6 lakh-odd complaints registered with the helpline in the past four years, 90% related to harassment of women on the phone.
The calls, which inadvertently come late at night, start with ‘I want to have a friendship with you.’
The recharge shop owner passes on the contact of the women who come in to recharge their mobile phones, and also provides fake SIM cards to the miscreants with fake ID cards proofs of other customers, that they have stacked up.
There are no requirements or pre-screening processes involved in becoming a registered mobile recharge agent. One merely has to fill a form and deposit a security sum.
The police strategy on the matter however, is to catch hold of the erring recharge agents, as they believe jails would over flow if those paying for the numbers were to be arrested. Instead, they are given strict warning not to repeat the offence.