By: MTS Chandra
Women trafficking becomes a major issue worldwide. Like other Àsian countries, there is Rohingya women trafficking in India too and it becomes a source of income for some smugglers from Myanmar, Bangladesh and India.
As there is much marriage restrictions for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, it cost much money (Approximately US dollar $5,000 to $10,000) from the women side, which is a huge amount for a bourgeois Rohingya. Most people cannot afford that large amount of money. For this reason, some of the Rohingya parent send their daughters to other countries for marriage. Among them, some poor girls reached to India by luring of smugglers.
But, most of them are unlucky like Senowara (20) and Alkama (18) who are originally from Buthidaung Township, Arakan state(Rakhine state). These two girls crossed to India under agent Islam (50) (dalal Islam) this week. By a reliable source, the agent resides with his family in Ledha camp, Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, trafficker Islam started to show his real face by concealing these two girls’ luggage in Chittagong. After reaching the border of India, he threatened the two poor girls and snatched a pair of gold earings and a gold hair clutcher from them, same day, he disconnected them to their relatives who are already in India.
Then, after a week, their relatives in India got a call from Border hearing that if they don’t send Rupees 20,000, they will sell the two girls. The next day one of Rohingya youths heard two girls are in Delhi and the the trafficker Islam was to sell them in prostitution.
Fortunately, the same day, Genius Youth Club (a Rohingya youth club under UNHCR-Bosco) leader Sohail Khan with some club members rescued the two girls in Gaziabaad, Delhi from a very miserable condition and sent them to their relatives in Hyderabad and handle the case over Rohingya Refugee Committee Delhi.
However, there is no any lawful action against the traffickers like Islam even though there are already several Rohingya women trafficking complaints against them. The recent two victims are to seek protection of UNHCR and government of India.
According to a research, smugglers sell Rohingya girls to prostitutions, to over-aged Indians and as well as to Sikh (Punjabi-Sarder) by saying that they are Moulanas (religious teacher of Muslims). Some are sold as domestic worker while others are in prison for unlimited time with the charge of illegal border cross. Sometimes smugglers rape the girls on the way.
There are very less girls who are rescued from this kind of molestations.
Additionally, the smuggler also sell Rohingyas (both female and male) to factories from where is impossible to get out for the whole life.
Smugglers are drawing their trafficking activity specially in States of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, U.P., Delhi, Kolkata, etc.