West Bengal has the infamous title of being the state with the highest number of trafficking cases in India. In fact, it accounts for 44% of all human trafficking cases in the entire country. And local corruption is driving the problem.
Tabassum (not her real name) was only 14 when she was raped by a neighbor. But when she went to the police with her father to report the crime, village councilors and officers said they would not accept her report.
It turned out the man who raped her and his family were members of the local unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which held power in the area. As a result, the police did everything they could to prevent the rapist from being charged.
Incredibly, Tabassum says “They made me marry my rapist so that the charges could not be used against him.”
After marrying the man, she says her in-laws began torturing her to the point that she decided to file a domestic violence case. Yet as she was on the way home after meeting her lawyer a woman befriended her on the train and offered her a glass of water. After drinking it, Tabassum woke up in a brothel in Delhi.