Indian woman's kidney stolen after failure to pay dowry

Elias Hubbard
February 8, 2018

A woman in India has filed a police complaint accusing her husband of stealing her kidney. Months later while visiting family, she developing lower back pain and visited a hospital, where an ultrasound showed an infection in her left kidney.

Rita Sarkar, a resident of West Bengal, India, was taken to a private hospital by her husband, Biswajit Sarkar, when she complained of stomach pain a couple of years ago, the New Indian Express reported.

"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", the Hindustan Times quoted her as saying.

However, her pain intensified after the operation.

India has strict anti-dowry laws but domestic violence and crimes against women are common as the dowry demand often continues for years especially in rural areas.

However, she discovered one of her kidneys was gone when a couple of medical examinations were conducted at the end of previous year.

It was then that she realized why her husband had asked her to keep the operation a secret.

'I then understood why my husband implored me to keep quiet about the surgery.

Identified as Rita Sarkar, she claims that Biswajit Sarkar "stole" the kidney after her family failed to pay his dowry demands.

Biswajit Sarkar was arrested along with his brother on Monday, and have been charged with commercial dealings in human organs.

The man and his brother have been arrested.

"A case was registered under provisions of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act".

The cops are now investigating the case and will also be raiding the hospital where Rita was operated on. Shocked by the revelation, the victim rechecked at a nursing home in Malda who confirmed that she had only one kidney.

Times Now reported that the two men have confessed to selling the kidney to a businessman from the state of Chhattisgarh. "A special team has been formed to investigate".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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