IMPHAL: The Women Action for Development (WAD), Yakairol Leisem Youth Club (YLYC), Nongshum and family members of the victims have drawn the attention of the state government, other concerned authorities, CSOs, organizations to extend help in finding a missing person and to hand her over to the family members without any harm.
The victim has been identified as Sagolsem Tolika, 59, wife of late Sagolsem Munal from Nongshum Bazar located in Imphal east district.
Addressing media persons, general secretary of YLYC Kongjengbam Lamphel informed that the missing victim (Tolika) was approached to take the job as a babysitter in Delhi by Khwairakpam Bipinchandra and Khwairakpam (O) Kheroda from Sekmai Makha Leikai. During a meeting with the victim’s family members, Bipinchandra and Kheroda told them that they are doctor and nurse by profession working in Delhi. Under the ruse, the victim was taken away from her home, he added.
They also promised to fix the dental problems of the victim, to bring her ornaments and to provide treatment of her illness on October 23, 2020. It was said that the victim was kept for some period of time at Sagolmang, and afterwards she was taken away to Delhi on November 6, 2020 along with the couple to work as a babysitter, he informed.
He further informed that on November 13, 2020, the victim’s family members and the victim had a video conversation. Later, Kheroda said to the victim’s family not to call the victim frequently as she (victim) always talks about going back home. After ten days of video conversation, Kheroda informed the victim’s family members on November 25, 2020 at around 8.30 AM that Tolika went missing from November 24 at around 3.30 PM. It was informed that Tolika resided at room no-430, Sunlight Colony-2 Ashram, near Mother Dairy, New Delhi.
He drew the attention of state government, CSOs, other concerned authorities to extend help in finding the missing person and to hand over her to family members safe and secure.
In connection with the case, a team of Women Committee (WC) of United NGOs Mission-Manipur (UNM-M) visited the family members of the victim at Nongshum, Imphal east district. On the day of the visit, the daughter of S. Tolika, Sanahanbi, informed that her mother was taken for health check-up at Sagolmang, one week before her departure for New Delhi. According to the locality of Nongshum, Tolika is a hard working woman and helps every individual in the locality who seeks help from her.
The committee has deep concern and strong apprehension that the case of missing of Sagolsem Tolika could be linked with human trafficking or organ trafficking because it has similarities with the case of Pravish Chanam. The WC said that human trafficking is the third most profitable elicit trade, after arms and drugs. Trafficking can occur for various purposes like labour, commercial sexual exploitation, organ trade etc. Poverty, illiteracy, lack of livelihood, natural or man-made disaster makes a person vulnerable to trafficking.
The WC strongly appealed to the concerned authorities, governments of Manipur and Delhi and to take the case seriously as such cases keep on happening now and then and to look into the matter and to investigate the case of the missing person and hand over the victim to the victim’s family without any harm.