Hus­band ‘steals wife’s kid­ney’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

KOLKATA: A man has been charged with hu­man or­gan traf­fick­ing for al­legedly sell­ing his wife’s kid­ney with­out her knowl­edge.

Biswa­jit Sarkar took his wife Rita to a clinic in Kolkata, West Ben­gal, al­most two years ago when she com­plained of hav­ing a sharp pain in her ab­domen.

There, med­i­cal staff told her she needed an ur­gent ap­pen­dec­tomy. Rita went un­der the knife the next day.

But then her hus­band be­gan to be­have a lit­tle odd.

“My hus­band warned me not to dis­close the surgery in Kolkata to any­one,” Rita said.

He kept her con­fined to her house for sev­eral months af­ter the pro­ce­dure. But her health did not im­prove.

For 18 months, she pleaded with her hus­band to be taken to a doc­tor again. He re­fused.

Then, about three months ago, her fam­ily spir­ited the 28-year-old away to a lo­cal med­i­cal clinic.

An ul­tra­sound showed her right kid­ney was gone.

And her re­main­ing left kid­ney was in­fected. “I was shat­tered,” Rita said. “Now, I un­der­stand why he for­bade me to re­veal any­thing,” she said.

“He and his fam­ily tor­tured me dur­ing the past 12 years of mar­riage for dowry and when my fam­ily failed to meet their de­mands, they sold my kid­ney.”

Dowries have been banned in In­dia since 1961.

Last week, Rita’s hus­band and brother-in-law, Shya­mal Sarkar, were ar­rested and charged with hu­man or­gan traf­fick­ing.

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