SARGODHA-The illegal business of selling human kidneys has got momentum in far-flung areas of the district where the indebted people are compelled to sell their kidneys.

According to a survey conducted by this correspondent, the residents of different villages said that despite the government has banned the buying and selling of human kidneys, the ugly business is still being carried out in the district. They said that in tehsil Kot Momin, Mariam Bibi, mother of five children, had to sell her kidney for Rs120,000 to pay off her debt. Likewise, Rashid, a resident of the same area, sold his kidney in the hope of bringing betterment in his life and pay his loan.

The affected persons said that they were operated in a Rawalpindi-based private hospital and received the money. They made the deal with an agent said to be Afzal. They revealed that in the recent past, many residents of Mela, Bucha Kalan, Naseerpur Kalan and Kot Momin villages had sold their kidneys in order to minimise the miseries. “After the stern action taken by the police, the malpractice had been eradicated in the area,” they said. They added that the action against the culprits involved in this illegal business was proved temporary and it has got momentum again in these villages.

They demanded the authorities concerned to take effective measures to end the malpractice in the area. They also demanded the government to improve the living standard of the residents of the backward areas.