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(NEW YORK POST) – An Indian mom claims her hubby stole her kidney to pay for a dowry her family couldn’t afford, according to local reports.
Rita Sarkar, 28, told Indian outlets her hubby and his family harassed and tortured her regularly starting after their wedding in 2005 because her parents couldn’t pay the about $1,500 dowry they demanded, the Hindustan Times reported.
About two years ago, she began feeling terribly ill and her husband, Biswajit Sarkar, took her to a private hospital in Kolkata for treatment, after consulting with his mother and brother, she said.
Before seeing the doctor, he took her to a relative’s house where she was given a soda that made her drowsy, she told the Telegraph India.
Sarkar, who has an 11-year-old son, underwent surgery for appendicitis and suspects her husband somehow convinced the doctor to remove it during the operation.
After the surgery, she knew something was awry when she began to suffer even more pain.
“My husband warned me not to disclose the surgery in Kolkata to anyone,” she told the Hindustan Times. “I begged him to take me to a doctor to treat the pain, but he ignored me.”
Finally, a cousin took her to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, where doctors told her she was missing the organ.
“I was shattered,” she said. “I then understood why my husband implored me to keep quiet about the surgery. He sold my kidney because my family couldn’t meet his demands for a dowry.”
Sarkar’s husband, who works as a cloth merchant, and his brother and mother were arrested Monday by Murshidabad police.
The men confessed that the kidney was sold to a businessman in a nearby city, police said, and they were charged with attempted murder and commercially dealing in human organs, among other raps.
When reached by the Telegraph India, the husband said his wife had voluntarily given up her kidney, adding, “She even signed a consent letter.”
The stay-at-home mom said she didn’t remember signing anything and reiterated that she’d been drugged.
The payment of dowries, traditionally paid by a bride’s family to a husband’s, has been banned in India since 1961, according to the BBC.