Saturday, September 16, 2023

What happened to the Bihari Girls who were sold to brothels in Calcutta in 1971?

 The fate of the Bihari girls who were sold to brothels in Calcutta in 1971 is a tragic story. Many of the girls were never found or rescued, and those who were often returned to their families only to be ostracized and stigmatized.

The Bihari girls were sold to brothels in Calcutta during the Bangladesh Liberation War, when millions of Biharis fled to India to escape violence and persecution in Bangladesh. Many of the girls were sold by their own families, who were desperate for money to survive.

The conditions in the brothels were terrible. The girls were often forced to work long hours and were subjected to physical and sexual abuse. Many of the girls contracted sexually transmitted diseases, and some died from complications.

After the war, some of the Bihari girls were rescued by the Indian government and returned to their families. However, many of the girls were never found, and those who were often returned to their families only to be ostracized and stigmatized.

The story of the Bihari girls is a reminder of the devastating human cost of war and displacement. It is also a reminder of the importance of protecting women and children from violence and exploitation.

The Indian government has also taken some steps to address the issue. In 2015, the government announced a compensation package for the victims of the Bihari girls trafficking scandal. However, many of the victims have yet to receive any compensation.

The story of the Bihari girls is a complex and tragic one. There are no easy answers, and the victims continue to suffer from the consequences of what happened to them over 40 years ago.

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