Drugged, kidnapped, sold, raped: Sana returns home after 10 painful years

New Delhi: Rubiya could not believe her eyes when she saw her daughter, Sana, now 22, at her doorstep. The victim has returned home after 10 years and 28 painful days.

Sana was only a 12-year-old girl when she was abducted in June 2006. She was kidnapped,  sold for at least eight times, raped by more than 30 men over these years, forced to change her religion, married forcefully, made to bear two kids, trafficked  and worked as a bar dancer before she could unite with her family in northeast Delhi.

According to Sana, a woman and a man drugged her and drove away with her when she was on her way to a relative’s place.

When she regained consciousness, she found herself locked in a room in Ambala with 10 more girls of her age and was kept there for 15-20 days. Then they took her to a village in Gujarat where she was sold to a farmer, said Rubiya, Sana’s mother.

She was allegedly raped every night by the farmers’s son. “When I resisted, he slashed me with a knife and burnt me with embers,” the victim said. Multiple burn injuries inflicted by cigarettes on her body shows that Sana has been brutally assaulted over these horror years.

“A woman and a man abducted me… they took me to Ambala and sold me to a man for Rs 30,000. Later, I was sold to another man for Rs 40,000… he and another man raped me. I tried to escape but they caught me… after that, I was raped by many more men.” She said she was “sold and re-sold” at least eight times, and raped by over 30 men.

“In 2009, I was sold to a 50-year-old truck driver, who forced me to get married to him…,” she said. Her “husband” died two years later died days after the second boy was born. “My life became miserable after that. His family threw me out. I had to struggle for food and shelter. When I went to the police station to complain, his relatives claimed I was mentally ill, “The Indian Express quoted the 22-year-old as saying.

 A woman from Delhi turned out to be her saviour who convinced her to go back to Delhi.

“A case of kidnapping registered in 2006 was declared unsolved. Now that the victim is back, we will reopen the case and bust the human trafficking racket,” said DCP (northeast) AK Singla.