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A sordid tale of exploitation

Poverty, it is said, is a curse. It can also make one a saleable commodity making life more miserable. This aptly fits into Sangeeta's life which is a sordid tale of heartless exploitation, dehumanisation and degradation.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 00:34 IST
BK Singh
BK Singh
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Poverty, it is said, is a curse.

It can also make one a saleable commodity making life more miserable. This aptly fits into Sangeeta's life which is a sordid tale of heartless exploitation, dehumanisation and degradation.

Poverty forced her father to marry her off at the tender age of sixteen.
Within two years Sangeeta's husband sold her twice for money. Though she managed to escape from the clutches of her tormentors on both the occasions and take shelter in her parents' house in Sulemsarai, her greedy husband is still after her life.

He wants to keep selling her to make more money. Threatened with dire consequences by her husband over her refusal to return to him, Sangeeta has sought protection and justice from the new SSP Vijay Singh Meena.

One among the six daughters of Raghunath Singh, resident of Tadbagh, Sulemsarai, days of agony and torture started for her after her carpenter father married her to one Pushpraj Singh, resident of Mauharia under Industrial Area police station. Continuously harassed over the dowry demand of a mobike and buffalo by her husband, a contractor by profession, Sangeeta chose to return to her father's house.

After some time, her husband approached her with a promise to behave and also offered to take her to Vaishno Devi. Convinced by the son-in-law's pleas, Sangeeta's parents agreed to send her with the husband.

However, after coming to her husband's house Sangeeta realised that the in-laws were in no mood of going to Vaishno Devi. To her horror Sangeeta was allegedly sold by her husband to five persons. She was allegedly confined to a house and raped.

However, the same night she managed to escape and returned to Allahabad after boarding a train. Meanwhile, when her husband was told by the five men about Sangeet's escape he thought that they had killed her and were telling him a cooked-up story. As a result he went to the J& K police and lodged an FIR against them.

They were arrested and sent to Jail. However, on his return to Allahabad, Sangeeta's husband came to know about her escape.

After this the J &K police came here, took Sangeeta along with them for her statement. However, apprehending danger to their daughter's life in J &K, Sangeeta's parents were forced to enter into a compromise with their daughter's tormentors.

The five men agreed to pay a sum of Rs 1 lakh to Sangeeta. Left with no alternative, Sangeeta's parents took the money.

However, the same was snatched by the son-in-law. Back home Sangeeta this time was approached by her father-in-law Har Nath Singh who through an affidavit gave an undertaking that she will be looked after well and that no harm would come to her in future.

This written undertaking was given to Sangeeta's father in the presence of several persons. Obsessed with the thought of not becoming a hindrance in the married life of their daughter Sangeeta's parents gambled again and sent her to her husband's place.

However, this time her husband allegedly sold her away to a friend Manish Pasi.
She was confined to a house and repeatedly raped for over a month.
Having managed to escape somehow after a month the hapless girl has finally written off her husband from her life and is determined not to get led away with false promises any more.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 00:34 IST