Man’s relative sell off cattle to “buy” him a wife

Haryana Case

Published in The Hindu -By Ashok Kumar

A 30-year-old woman from Assam, allegedly trafficked to Haryana for a forced marriage and sold to a mentally-challenged man, has been rescued in Jhajjar. The man’s family allegedly sold their cattle to “buy” the woman as they could not find a bride for him.

Victim was drugged

The victim was allegedly offered tea and snacks laced with sedatives by her acquaintance Babai (50) and brought to Delhi. Babai came in contact with the victim while looking for employment as domestic help in her locality in Assam.

The victim was taken to a village in Panipat from Delhi and allegedly sold to one Sombir in Jhajjar. She managed to contact her family over telephone on February 24, following which they alerted the local police.

Meanwhile, the project director of Ujjawala, an initiative by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development to combat human trafficking, informed the non-government organisation Shakti Vahini.

Shakti Vahini programme director spoke to Inspector General (Rohtak Range) Anil Kumar Rao, who facilitated the rescue operation. The victim was produced before the Executive Magistrate in Jhajjar after a medical examination and later sent to a shelter home in Karnal.

“Girls from the Northeast are brought to Haryana for forced marriage and bonded labour. The trend is due to the skewed sex ratio in Haryana. The districts of Jhajjar, Mewat, Rewari, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Jind and Hisar are the most common destinations for these girls,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini.

Girls from the Northeast are brought to Haryana for forced marriage and bonded labour. The trend is due to the skewed sex ratio in Haryana.Rishi Kant Shakti Vahini

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