Husband ‘steals wife’s kidney’
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.