Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Rupsona was walking home from school when three men kidnapped her at knife-point near her village in the Indian state of West Bengal. They forced her into a car and transported her across the country to a man who had paid $800 for a bride. Rupsona said she was forced to marry the man and abused by him for 14 months until she was rescued.
In India, cultural preferences for a son have helped fuel a growing gender divide, which has led to an increase in the number of women being kidnapped and forced into wedlock, Bloomberg's Andrew MacAskill and Bibhudatta Pradhan report. (Indian law prohibits identification of a rape victim. Accordingly, Bloomberg News has not used the family’s last name or included other identifying details. Source: Bloomberg)