GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A Bangladeshi woman, Shoba, was bought by an Afghan for 13,000 Pakistani rupees 40 years back in Pakistan’s Dera Ismail Khan District and currently she lives in southern Ghazni province.
Originally hailing from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, Shoba has been living with his Afghan husband in Ghazni province for the past 20 years.
From her Bangladeshi husband, Shoba has two sons — ZakirHussain and Mujeeburrahman.
She told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive chat that a few years after her wedding, her Bangladeshi husband died and then she started a dispute with her husband’s relatives over land ownership.
“I was threatened by my husband’s brothers to revoke the property ownership case, otherwise they would treat her in the worst manner,” she said.
“One day I got sick and went to a doctor with my husband’s brothers and since I had not seen my country and sons”.
“I was knocked unconscious by my husband’s brothers and when I woke up, I found myself in a house in Pakistan’s Dera Islamail Khan,” she said.
She said all women who were brought to the house were for sale. “Every day one or two women were offered for sale”.
“One day it was my turn, someone from the QaraBagh district of Ghazni province came to buy me. I was sold for 13,000 rupees. I spent 20 years with the Afghan man in Pakistan and 20 years in Ghazni,” she said.
Shoba said she has no child from her Afghan husband but they lived a happy life. “My husband has a shop. We have a happy life. He has two more wives but has no children.”
With support of a civil society, she managed to find her one son and grandsons. She added: “My younger son has died, his children are in Bangladesh, but my elder son Hussain is in Saudi Arabia. I contact their families through WhatsApp.”
She said her son and grandsons were desperate to meet her but due to the lack of resources, they were unable to meet. She asked the government to facilitate her journey to Bangladesh because she and her son had no ability to do so.
Abdul Habib, Shoba’s husband, said he bought her in Pakistan. “Pakistan is women’s market. Everyone who has money can buy two or three women in the market. I also bought this woman there. First she denied Nikkah, then I brought another Bangali woman to agree her for Nikah.”
He said if Shoba wanted to return to Bangladesh and live with her grandsons, he has no problem with that.
“I don’t have much money to take her to Bangladesh. The government should help me,” Abdul Habib said.
Rana Association Head AsadullahMarjankhel said Shoba lived in their locality. “I contacted some Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia and searched Shoba’s son Zakir Husain, but we have no resources to send the woman to her son.”
He asked business people and welfare associations to support Shoba and help reunite her with her sons and grandsons.