Police have arrested four persons, including the uncle of a woman, for allegedly forcing her into prostitution in Uttar Pradesh.
Police said, the woman of Kharamangi village under Barachana police limits had married one Prakash Kabir Das of Chausath, a far flung village in Uttar Pradesh. The marriage was solemnized in a temple in the district on October 3. Her uncle Gopal Khuntia of neighbouring Madhuban village and another relative, Bhagabat Sahu, had negotiated the marriage proposal.
Soon after the marriage, Prakash took her to his native village along with the negotiators. He then allegedly forced her wife into prostitution and after a couple of days sold her off to one Suraj Pal for ` 10,000 in the presence of her uncle and relative.
Suraj physically abused her and she was again forced into the trade. On Friday, she told Suraj that a LIC policy in her name had matured and the amount is over
` 50,000. As the policy bond is at her parental house she would have to go to her village. She brought Suraj with her on the pretext of getting the insurance amount. After reaching the village on Monday afternoon, she narrated her plight before the villagers, who confined Suraj to a room and then caught Bhagabat Sahu, Gopal Khuntia and Raju Sahu, who were party to the crime. They handed over the four to the police on Monday night.
We are on the look out for the victim’s husband, said Jajpur SP Deepak Kumar, adding that a team of police will proceed to Uttar Pradesh soon to arrest others.