An Indian woman’s husband and brother-in-law have been arrested after she told police they stole one of her kidneys in place of a dowry.
Two years ago, the West Bengal woman began to experience stomach pains when her husband arranged appendectomy surgery for her. Late in 2017, two separate medical examinations revealed she was missing one of her kidneys.
The victim, Rita Sarkar, alleges that her husband had frequently made demands for a dowry and that she had been a victim of domestic abuse for many years.
“My husband took me to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where he and the medical staff told me that I would be fine after removing my inflamed appendix through surgery,” she was quoted as saying. She believes that her kidney was removed instead.
“He sold my kidney because my family couldn’t meet his demand for dowry,” she said.