57 years of anti-dowry laws and acts, and yet we have instances of women and in-laws being harassed for dowry. The Dowry Prohibition Act of 1961 condemns the husband and in-laws to accept and demand dowry in any form. But the since the passing years, the form of dowry has changed from cash to kidney!
Husband of 28-year-old wife Rita Sarkar of West Bengal has been arrested with his mother and brother for allegedly selling the kidney of the wife by taking advantage of her disease in consequences of not fulfilling the demand of Rs 2 lakhs by the wife’s family.
“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,” Rita told The Hindustan Times.
Even after the surgery, the pain persisted and she insisted her husband to consult another doctor while he kept on ignoring her. Later around 3 months ago, she was taken to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital by her parents’ relatives and the doctors stated that one of her kidneys was missing. She was extremely shocked and thus confirmed the facts by consulting another doctor in Malda and came back to the same conclusion.
She later understood why she was being asked to shut up about the surgery to the rest of people as her in-laws sold her kidney for not meeting the demand of dowry of Rs 2 lakhs. Rita then lodged a complaint against her husband, Biswajit Sarkar of Lalgola, Murshidabad district, her brother in law, Shyamal and mother in law, Bularani, in Farakka police station in Northern Bengal. The husband and his brother were arrested on Monday as reported by inspector Udayshankar Roy and his mother is on a run.
They are accused and being charged under: Section 19 (punishment for commercial dealings in human organs); Section 21 (offenses by companies involved in any such act) of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act; IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 498 (detaining a married woman with criminal intent).
Both of them soon confessed that the kidney was being sold to a businessman in Chattisgarh. Murshidabad police shall also raid the hospital in which the surgery was conducted, reported a senior officer. Police also suspects that a kidney smuggling gang is associated with the crime and has appointed a special team to investigate about the same.
This incident also lead to the revelation of the misery of Rita Sarkar, as a mother of 11-year-old, married in 2OO5 was being harassed and tortured daily in demand of dowry. The pain she had suffered that she was compelled to remain shut about her conditions throws light on the idea that probably had lost hope for justice, or was incapable of demanding justice against ‘divine like husband and his family.’
But, there are hundreds of women just like Rita Sarkar who are being treated as an object of pleasure, or a voiceless physical property that can be owned as an asset and discarded when it becomes a liability. Women, in fact, humans are priceless and marrying her is not a charity rather a harbinger of good fortune.