On Tuesday night, Pushpa’s family got a call from an unknown number.

Telangana man allegedly sells dead brothers wife to Gujarat traffickers
news Human Trafficking Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 20:12

In a shocking case from Telangana’s Adilabad, a man allegedly sold his sister-in-law to a human trafficking gang in Gujarat. The incident came to light after the woman reportedly made a phone call to her family on Tuesday night from an unknown location in Gujarat.

Pushpa*, a 27-year-old who was living in Kistapur village in Neradigonda mandal, has been missing for over a week.

While her husband killed himself earlier this year, reportedly because he was unable to pay off debts, Pushpa continued to live with her husband’s family and her 3-year-old child. She was working as an attendant at a government school.

Her parents, who live in Sonal village, had not been in touch with her for several days.

On Tuesday night, Pushpa’s family got a call from an unknown number, according to media reports.

“My sister called me on Tuesday night and told me that she was sold off for Rs 1.8 lakh to someone in Gujarat by her brother in-law. She said that her brother-in-law had sold her with the help of two women from Itchoda village of Boadh mandal,” Pushpa’s brother said, according to Sakshi news.  

Following the phone call, Pushpa’s family confronted her brother-in-law at his village in Kistapur on Wednesday.

While he denied the allegations, Pushpa’s family then approached the police to file a complaint.

Neradigonda Sub-Inspector Naresh told TNM that the police are now trying to trace Pushpa’s whereabouts using cell phone signals.

“The family has filed a missing person complaint, and on the basis of suspicion, we have started questioning her brother-in-law,” the SI said.

*Name changed.

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