In-laws of a 28-year-old West Bengal woman sold one of her kidneys after she failed to meet their dowry demand of Rs 2 lakh, police said.
The incident came to light, after the victim lodged a complaint with the Farakka police station in northern Bengal against her in-laws. West Bengal Police on Tuesday arrested the victim’s husband and her brother-in-law for selling her kidney.
The victim, Rita Sarkar, told the police that her husband of 12-years and her in-laws regularly tortured her for not meeting their dowry demands. “She told us that her in-laws took advantage of her appendicitis to steal a kidney of hers,” said a police officer posted at Farakka police station.
The officer further added, “The victim told the police that around two years back she started suffering acute stomach ache. Her husband took her to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where she was told that she would be fine after an appendix surgery.”
She further informed that police that her pain intensified after the operation. “She told us that her husband warned her not disclose about the operation to anyone,” added the officer.
According to police, the victim learnt about the missing kidney after she consulted a doctor when she visited her at her parents place.
Sarkar talking to media said, “After consulting doctors at my parents hometown, I learnt why my husband had warned me not to discuss about the operation with anyone. He sold of my kidney as my family failed to meet his dowry demands.”
The West Bengal Police has filed an FIR under IPC sections 307 — attempt to murder and 498 — detaining a married woman with criminal intent, 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.
Police said, the victim’s husband has confessed of selling Sarkar’s kidney. During questioning he told the police that her kidney was sold to a businessman in Chhattisgarh.