A 22-year-old woman from Assam, who was trafficked to Haryana for a forced marriage and sold to a 43-year-old villager in Kaithal, has been rescued. Two persons, including the victim’s aunt Meena Kumari, have been arrested.
Meena, a resident of Guwahati, allegedly coaxed the woman to accompany her to visit her daughter in Sirsa, Haryana . Meena and the woman, a native of Udalguri, boarded a train from Guwahati on May 7 last year and reached Delhi the next day. The woman was then taken to Jind district and made to stay at a house for a couple of days. Meena then left her at the house with a promise to return soon, but she never turned up. The woman then gradually realised that she had fallen into a trap and was sold to one Suresh for Rs.80,000.
On January 26 this year, the victim managed to escape and reached Kurukshetra. On her way, she met a Good Samaritan, who took her to the Railway Police on hearing her ordeal. The matter was then referred to the Kaithal police.
In the meantime, Shakti Vahini, a non-government organisation, contacted her family. Her elder brother told the NGO that the family had no information about her since she left Guwahati.
The woman, who has now been sent to Nari Niketan in Karnal following a medical examination, told the counsellor that she was subjected to the worst kind of slavery and not allowed to step out of the house.
She was forced to do household chores during the day and was sexually abused at night. Suresh’s cousin, Mahavir also allegedly raped her.
“There is a trend of girls from the Northeast being brought to Haryana for forced marriage and bonded labour. The districts of Mewat, Rewari, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Jind and Hisar are the most common destinations for these girls. This is a trend in Haryana due to its skewed sex ratio. The traffickers use Delhi as the transit point,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini.