Guwahati, Assam [Aug 2015]
A 16-year-old girl has been rescued from a Haryana
village by an NGO, Shakti Vahini, in a joint operation with the anti
human trafficking unit of Haryana police and Bhiwani district police.
The girl, a native of Assam's Kamrup district, was allegedly sedated and lured out of Assam and was forced to marry a Haryana villager.
The girl said that one Abdul used to follow her whenever she ventured out from home and gradually convinced her to elope with him. On the day she was trafficked, she was taken to a restaurant and allegedly gave her some sedatives mixed with the food. He then took her to a Haryana village, saying that they were going to his sister's house. Instead, he took her to one Ajit and sold her off for Rs 45,000. The girl learned this from the owner of the house where she was kept. Ajit abused her in all ways possible. She was made to do household chores the whole day and at night. He also abused her sexually.
The girl's family had lodged a missing complaint with the police on October 5, 2012.
Trafficking for forced marriage is the ramification of the skewed sex ratio in Haryana. Female foeticide in Haryana is causing a serious gender imbalance, which is finally devastating lives of girls. The fall in sex ratio people is creating a shortage of brides and for this, people are resorting to trafficking to get their sons married. Several cases of human trafficking have been reported from Haryana.
by Vijay Kumar Dewan