21-year-old Bangladeshi woman sold as sex slave near Mumbai, couple held
The woman was first sold to two men in Mumbai, who then sold her to a couple in Palghar.Updated: Sep 10, 2017 19:49 IST
The Palghar police recently arrested a couple for confining a 21-year-old woman in a room and using her as a sex slave. The 21-year-old woman from Bangladesh was allegedly sold by her husband through a woman who also hails from the same village in Bangladesh.
According to the Palghar police, the victim was married to a farmer in Bangladesh. A Mumbai-based woman, who also hails from the same village, lured the farmer by telling him that he could earn lakhs of rupees if his wife entered prostitution.
“The farmer agreed, and allowed his wife to accompany the woman to Mumbai. In Mumbai, the woman sold the victim for Rs1 lakh to two men, Deepak and Rajesh. They then sold her to Mohammed Samrat Shadat Shaikh, 28, and his wife, Dolly Shaikh, who reside in Mahavir Nagar in Palghar,” said PI Kiran Kabadi of Palghar police station.
The survivor was confined in a room while Shaikh scouted for clients, but the victim refused to entertain them. “A furious Shaikh, who had to refund the money taken form the clients, would threaten to inform the police that the woman was an illegal migrant from Bangladesh. He told her she could face deportation and would have to go back to her husband, who lived in penury,” said PI Kabadi.
“Shaikh would offer the victim drinks spiked with drugs, and would repeatedly rape her. This went on for many weeks,” said the official.
On September 5, the victim managed to escape from Shaikh’s flat. She sought help from an autorickshaw driver, who after hearing her story, took her straight to the police station.
A case was registered under Section 370 (a) (buying or disposing of any person as a slave), 376 (rape), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (assault) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Sections 4 and 5 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA), 1956, and the couple was arrested on September 6. The three other accused, including the woman who sold the victim and the two men who bought her, are absconding, said the official. The duo was produced before the Palghar court, and has been remanded in police custody.
First Published: Sep 10, 2017 19:46 IST