Bhopal: An 18-year-old girl from Chhattisgarh was sold seven times in seven months to people in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh last year before she died by suicide in September, the police said.
Eight men are arrested within the case, which is being investigated by the police of three states — Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh .
A mentally challenged man, Babloo Kushwah, to whom the girl was forcibly married, is yet to be traced, the police said.
The horrific human trafficking case unfolded after the lads who abducted the teenager from Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh called up her parents and demanded money.
The teen — a resident of Jashpur in Chhattisgarh — wont to help her father in farming activities. Later, a relative took her to Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh to urge her employment from where she was abducted.
The family informed the police after the abductors involved ransom. They threatened to kill her if the oldsters couldn’t ante up .
Interrogation of two of the arrested persons — one Pancham Singh Rai and his wife. distant relatives of the teenager — revealed that that they had brought the girl from Jashpur to Chhattarpur, promising her employment , said senior policeman Sachin Sharma.
Later, they sold her for ₹ 20,000 to Kallu Raikwar, an area in Chhatarpur, seven months ago.
The last person to shop for the girl was Santosh Kushwah, an area from Lalitpur, in Uttar Pradesh , who paid ₹ 70,000.
The teen was later forcibly married to Babloo Kushwah, the son of Santosh Kushwaha, who is mentally challenged. She died by suicide in Lalitpur in September last year.
The Chhatarpur police are now investigating the likelihood of more girls from tribal areas of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh being trafficked by the accused in other states.