It has just been reported that a 28-year-old woman Rita Sarkar got her husband and brother-in-law, Bularani, arrested for conniving to allegedly sell her kidney in replacement of his dowry.
The lady revealed to the police that her husband, Biswajit, took her to a private hospital in Kolkata about two years ago where he claimed she had appendix. Instead of Sarkar’s appendix to be removed, her kidney was taken out.
She added that her husband tricked her to remove and sell her kidney for Rs 2 Lakh because her family failed to pay for his dowry.
She disclosed to BBC India that: “Around two years ago, I began suffering from acute stomach ache. My husband took me to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where he and the medical staff told me that I would be fine after removing my inflamed appendix through surgery. My husband warned me not to disclose the surgery in Kolkata to anyone. I begged him to take me to a doctor to treat the pain, but he ignored me.”
On how she found out that her right kidney was missing, the 28-year-old lady disclosed that three months ago she was allegedly taken to North Bengal Medical College by her family members and doctors discovered that her kidney has been removed.
She said: “I then understood why my husband implored me to keep quiet about the surgery. He sold my kidney because my family couldn’t meet his demand for dowry.”
Following this complaint, her husband and his brother were on Monday, February 5, arrested by officers from Farakka police state. They were charged under Section 19 (punishment for commercial dealings in human organs) and Section 21 (offences by companies involved in any such act) of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act and IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 498 (detaining a married woman with criminal intent).
The men allegedly confessed that the kidney was sold to a businessman in Chhattisgarh, as the police suspected that a kidney smuggling gang is associated with the crime.
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