Escaping sex-slavery in Arunachal Pradesh woman awaits justice

Farhana Ahmed
Posted January 5, 2020 from India
Sex Slavery and Human Trafficking
Escaping sex-slavery in Arunachal Pradesh woman awaits justice

Nizara, a young woman presently sheltered with her maternal aunt near Seajuli Tea Estate under Bogeenadi Police Station in Lakhimpur district with her two young children. She was not allowed to stay in her parental house in Panchnoi, near Dejoo Tea Estate. Nizara has recently escaped a long ordeal of sex slavery inside Arunachal Pradesh where she was abducted and trafficked at a very young age. She has lost her own identity and childhood memory and also her mother tongue. Sharing her traumatized life in Arunachal Pradesh Nizara narrated her endless horrible experiences of physical abuse and torture before this correspondent. Expressing her inability to name her abductor-trafficker as she was in a very early age,  Nizara said that she became mother at the age of 13 by her employer named Hagu Palang of Kamle district of Arunachal Pradesh. She could not breastfeed her first child, a daughter because of her teenaged motherhood. She was forced to work in the cardamom plantations of Hagu Palang for 12 hours a day after the delivery of the child and was subjected to physical abuse by his wives from earlier marriages. Nizara said that Palang had three wives and he kept her as a sex slave. She also alleged that a son of Palang’s first wife murdered her daughter by drowning in a river. After that Nizara was continued to be used as a forced labour in the cardamom plantation and exploited as a sex slave by Palang for several years. She gave birth two more children—one daughter who is now two and half years old and a son who is about one year. Nizara waited for a chance for an escape from the endless exploitation and a couple of days ago and reached Lakhimpur district border with the help from an old woman. But her destiny waited for more trouble as her parental family refused to give shelter at Panchnoi, Dejoo. Her father Chunnilal Karmakar and mother Julie Karmakar has long been dead. The apprehension of being caught by Palang again also haunts Nizara. Destitute with two young children with uncertain future Nizara is now waiting for justice. Nizara’s longing for justice for her prolonged turbulence and trauma once again unearths the existence of forced sex slavery on girls trafficked from Assam inside Arunachal Pradesh. Notably Nizara also reveals that there are many trafficked girls from Assam who are kept as slaves in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh. Trafficking of both boys and girls to be engaged as slaves in various plantations and other hard works inside Arunachal Pradesh has been on unabated. In most cases the victims are from the tea garden Adivasi and religious minority community from Assam who are targeted by the traffickers by taking advantage of their vulnerable position in the society.  

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing . Keep other more story

Farhana Ahmed
Jan 06
Jan 06

Thank you sister

Lisbeth
Jan 06
Jan 06

Dear Farhana,
We a welcomed you back to World pulse :-). I guess you can see the new faces after 2013. We really missed you haha.
Wow that is a traumatic story about Nizara :-(. So where is she staying now? With you?

It so sad she has to experience this. I think if you have the means firstly send her for psychological check up before she can settle.
She has seen a lots of bad stuffs puha.
Thanks very much for sharing this with us to inspired us. I wish the very best of luck in settling Nizara.
Take care of yourself
Lizzy

Farhana Ahmed
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hi Lizzy,
Its nice to hear from you.
Well, Nizara is staying with her relative from mother's side. I did the story as a journalist. I am alone on this field. Over the years I've been writing and focusing on many such stories of trafficking with no help from any agencies. Nizara needs some psychological counselling and financial help to restart her life and raise her two children. I wrote to the Prime Minister's Office of India about her plight. Yet no answer has come so far. I want platforms like World Pulse to come forward and do something.
Farhana

Lisbeth
Jan 07
Jan 07

I hope the best for you dear. I pray sincerely. Maybe you can consider crowd funding too.
You all take care of yourselves
:-)

Jill Langhus
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hi Farhana,

Welcome back! Thanks for sharing this story and spreading awareness around this horrible situation and system. Do you know Nizara personally? Are her and her children safe now?

Farhana Ahmed
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hi Jill,
I met Nizara while reporting her story to the newspaper where I work. Nizara is staying with her relative from mother's side. She and her children needs some psychological counselling and financial help to restart her life and raise her two children. They are safe now, but justice still eludes them. I want a larger campaign for such cases as I'm doing a lone battle.
Farhana

Jill Langhus
Jan 08
Jan 08

Hi there:-)

Oh, I see. Poor thing:-( I hope she gets the counseling and help that she needs, then.

Yeah, I would imagine. Are you planning on starting a NGO, or just a fundraiser?

XX

Hello, Farhana,

Welcome back on World Pulse!

Oh, this is such a traumatic story of a little girl. I can only imagine how troubled and disturbed Nizara’s life was as she tried to survive one abuse after another.

Thank you for documenting this and for sharing this with us. May this kind of practice end now.

Beth Lacey
Jan 15
Jan 15

Such a sad story, but it needs to be told.