Raiganjh: What could be more appalling than the fact that ‘Bindol’ village in Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal has become an illegitimate hub of Kidney trade!  The essential human condition, the urge to survive and earn a livelihood amidst the impoverished conditions, has compelled majority of people of the village to choose to sell the most vital organs of their body specially kindey. Surprisingly, about 90 percent residents of the village have lost their kidneys but the illegal trade of the organ is still flourishing unabated. Albeit the village is now being spotted as the ‘Big Bazar of Kidney’, the government and the local administration appear slack towards putting an end to the malpractices.

The village is largely inhabited by the tribals who have hardly heard about the development projects of the government. Most of them are landless labourers who work on contract basis and their wages are too low. Such circumstances have contributed to the helplessness of the villagers. Those who make a bid to move out in search of work often land into the traps laid by the brokers and end up losing their kidneys. There are a total of eighty families in the village and it is estimated that at least one member of each family has sold out his or her kidney to the organ traffickers. This filthy trade was earlier restricted to men but now even women are lured to sell their kidneys.  

Located on the India-Bangladesh border, the villagers get only a single maize crop in a year which too depends on the rainfall. Seeing the poor conditions of the village, a wealthy farmer had initiated this illegal trade of human body organs. He lures the poor villagers to earn quick money by selling their kidneys. He often dupes the villagers by promising them to pay RS 3-4 lakh per kidney. Villagers often fall prey to his fake promises and risk their lives in order to escape the tragedies of life.  But when they wake up, they find a total loss. They are given not even half of the amount promised by the trafficker.  

The helpless and hapless villagers do not even report the incident at a local police station. When contacted, the concerned police officers and administration denied commenting in this regard.

JPN/Bureau