A police team in India responded to a signal from a woman who said she had been sold by her 17-year-old husband.
The couple married in July this year, according to the Hindustan Times.
The buyer was a 55-year-old man. He resisted law enforcement, claiming he paid $ 2,400 for the woman.
Eventually, the police managed to return the girl to her family, but they say that they had to use force against the buyer and his relatives, who protected her.
The woman, a 26-year-old, has been rescued by the police from the south-eastern Rajasthan district of Baran which borders Madhya Pradesh, with “great difficulty” as local villagers refused to let the police team take her away, emphasising that they had paid for her.
The two were married in July this year.
“In August, the couple went to Rajasthan via Raipur and Jhansi to work in a brick kiln. However a few days after his new job, the 17-year-old sold off his wife to a 55-year-old man from Baran district,” said Bulu Munda, inspector in charge of Belpada police station in Balangir district.
The teenager splurged the money on dining and bought himself a smartphone. He later returned to his village and when his wife’s family asked him about her, he claimed that she deserted him.