Some stories are so painful that they make you feel for the victim and leave you teary-eyed! One such story is of this 18-year-old girl from Chattisgarh, who was sold seven times in a time span of seven months. She was sold to several people in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh last year and, when she couldn’t take it anymore, she died by suicide in September.
After 5 months of her death, the police have finally arrested eight people accused in the case. The case has been investigated by the police of three states — Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. As per the reports, the horrific human trafficking case unfolded when men who abducted the girl from the Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh called her parents and demanded money.
Here’s the traumatic story of an 18-year-old, who was sold like a commodity from one person to another
As per NDTV, the teen, a resident of Jashpur in Chhattisgarh, used to help her father in farming activities. But, later, a relative took her to Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh to get her a job. It was when the teen was abducted.
When the family received a ransom call, they informed the police. They also shared how the accused threatened to kill her if the parents could not pay up. While sharing the details of the case, the senior police officer Sachin Sharma mentioned:
“Interrogation of two of the arrested persons — one Pancham Singh Rai and his wife – the distant relatives of the teen — revealed that they had brought the girl from Jashpur to Chhattarpur, promising her a job”
But, they sold off the girl to Raikwar for Rs. 20,000 seven months ago. And, the last person to buy the girl was Santosh Kushwah, a local from Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh who paid Rs 70,000.
But her agony didn’t end here. The teenager then was forcibly married to Babloo Kushwah, the son of Santosh Kushwaha, who is mentally challenged. After suffering at the hands of so many people, the teenager died by suicide in Lalitpur in September last year.
An NDTV report says that a mentally-challenged man named Babloo Kushwaha, to whom the girl was forcibly married, is yet to be traced.
While the Chhattisgarh Police is now investigating if more girls from the tribal belt of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are trafficked by the accused to other states, it is heartbreaking how this teenage daughter was separated from her parents and then sold like a commodity.
It is heartbreaking to see how our society treated this teenager, who hasn’t even started her adult life yet. Her painful story makes us wonder does our country deserves its women! The painful story of this teenager and many millions of women and kids who are being sold definitely leaves a blot on our so-called civilized society!
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