A mother of two, who was allegedly sold to a man in Uttar Pradesh, feigned to be a happy homemaker for one-and-a-half months, all the while waiting for the right time to escape.
The trafficking survivor from Siakhala in Hooghly managed to flee from the house of Girish Yadav whom she was forced to marry and boarded a train from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh to reach Howrah station, said an officer of the government railway police (GRP), Howrah, where the woman lodged a complaint on Thursday.
“I pretended to be a happy housewife. Initially, I had no idea about the deal between Yadav and Tapas, the person who had taken me there. Later I came to know that Tapas had sold me to Yadav for Rs 70,000,” she told the police .
The woman was returning home to Hooghly, where she lived with her husband and two children, from her workplace in Bankura one day in early October when her handbag containing Rs 2,000 was stolen in the train. On reaching Howrah station, she had approached Tapas for help.
“The man gave her money to eat something. While chatting with her, he learned that she worked in Bankura and offered her a more lucrative job near his sister’s house in Uttar Pradesh,” a GRP officer said.
The woman agreed and left for Uttar Pradesh with Tapas after two days.
“Tapas took me to Yadav’s house and asked me to marry him. I had no choice,” the woman told police.
Initially, the woman was not allowed to step out of the house as Yadav would ensure that the doors were locked at all times.
With time, the woman managed to convince Yadav that she was “a good wife” and earned his trust before seizing an opportunity to leave the house when no one was around.
A team from the Howrah GRP will visit Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. “We are working on some leads. Our team will soon visit Yadav’s house to get leads about Tapas,” said a police officer.
The woman is one of the hundreds of victims trafficked from Bengal every year.
According to the records of the National Crime Record Bureau, Bengal accounts for 20 per cent of all reported cases of trafficking in India. A total number of 5,466 cases of human trafficking were recorded in the country in 2014, 1,096 of them from Bengal.