‘Girl Bought for Rs 25,000, Sold for Rs 50,000 in Valley’
Wasim Khalid (Rising Kashmir)
Srinagar: To crack the intra-state human trafficking nexus, Kashmir police is all set to send a special team to West Bengal in order to find out how women are routed to Kashmir and then sold to men in different areas of north Kashmir.
“We have complaints that women from West Bengal are being smuggled and then sold to men here. These men then solemnize forcible marriages with them,” SSP Baramulla, Haseeb Mughal said.
“So we are sending a special investigation teams to break this nexus. It includes nabbing people who buy the women from there and then sell them here on petty prices.”
SSP said besides they have already intimated West Bengal police to find out the reasons as to how women are trafficked.
He said that the human trafficking was particularly prevalent in north Kashmir’s Pattan, Kunzer and Sumbal areas.
Police during their investigation has found that women from West Bengal are being bought by the pimps for Rs 25000 and then transported and sold here for Rs 50,000.
“The aspiring grooms comprise of those men who do not find brides in Kashmir. So they buy them from the pimps who usually smuggle girls from West Bengal,” Mughal said.
Police said more often these marriages end up within a year.
“After the marriage breaks up, the same pimps sell the same girl to other aspiring grooms,” SSP said. “The exploitation of these helpless and poor women thus goes on.”
Now to confront this social issue, the police for the first time has booked four persons under Public Safety Act who were found involved in human trafficking in north Kashmir’s Pattan area of Baramulla district. They were bundled to Kotbilwal Jail.
“These persons were involved in immoral business of human trafficking in and around Pattan town,” SSP said.
“They worked in an organized gang. They exploited the women hailing from outside states like West Bengal and Orrisa, by luring them to provide employment in the valley.
Instead they would exploit them sexually and there after sell them to different people for the same purpose for a meager amount of Rs 20,000 to 30,000.”
The police claimed that such activities, prevalent in north Kashmir, had posed a potential threat to the moral values of the society.
The four accused who were booked under PSA were identified as Ali Mohammad Bhat 22, a resident of Gund Ibrahim Pattan, Mohammad Subhan Dar 27 of Tilwanpora Mirgund, Mohammad Altaf Khan 43 of Checki-Razaq Khan Mirgund Pattan and Maqbool Dar 40 of Tilwanpora Mirgund Pattan.
The police had arrested the four accused at Hanjiwera Mirgund while they were travelling in a vehicle along with a victim girl from West Bengal. The girl was a minor of 16 years of age.
“During investigation we found that the four member gang was involved in the illegal trade from quite a long time” SSP Mughal said.
The police said it is first time that people indulged in human trafficking were detained under PSA (under special provisions of maintenance of Public order).
“It would send a signal that exploitation of poor and helpless women will not be tolerated,” the SSP said.
He said they are expecting more arrests of people involved in this trade in the coming week.