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State Adivasi girl in Patna hospital


PATNA, June 27 � Despair is writ large as are the injury marks on the face of this young girl lying almost uncared for at the emergency ward of Patna Medical College and Hospital. She identifies herself as Christina Kandula, belonging to the tea-tribe community of Assam and hailing from Panbari area of Sonitpur district.

Christina�s can well be one of the many cases of woman trafficking, as more and more young women from Assam and other parts of the North East are getting entrapped in the nefarious racket of human trafficking.

Christina, barely beyond her teens, is evidently in a state of mental shock. According to some of the medical staff in the hospital, the girl had lost her mental balance and was brought to the hospital by some unknown persons a few days back.

Christina speaks fluent Hindi and a little bit of Assamese. �I have come from Assam. The name of my native place is Panbari which is in Sonitpur district of Assam,� she tells everyone who approaches her in the emergency ward of the hospital.

When asked, she said her father�s name is Jakrias Kandula. Doctors said that she was being examined to ascertain whether she had been a victim of sexual violence � something she was claiming repeatedly.

The girl, however, refuses to divulge anything about how she sustained the injuries and landed up in the hospital.

�My house is at Soi Number Golli (bye lane 6),� she keeps murmuring off and on.

Interestingly, nobody from the hospital had reportedly approached local police over the matter till the time of filing of this report. Attendants of other patients from Patna said that such girls, if left to fend for themselves, might land up in brothels. Unless interventions come, it is highly likely that Christina would be a soft prey to anti-social elements in an unknown land.

One expects that the government authorities in Assam would exhibit some alacrity in having the unfortunate girl shifted to her family in her native place.

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