Mangalore: Mother, others sell baby for Rs 22,000
Mangalore, 10 Nov 2012 (DHNS): The police have busted a case of selling a baby girl for Rs 22,000, to a childless couple and arrested five persons who were involved in illegal selling of the child.
Speaking to press persons here on Saturday, Superintendent of Police Abhishek Goyal said that Lady Goschen Hospital sweepers Prameela and Sukanya, ‘agent’ Gulabi, biological mother of the child Usha (name changed) and her sister Champa have been arrested and released on bail. Out of Rs 22,000, the biological mother was given Rs 10,000 and the remaining was shared by the sweepers and Gulabi.
He said that when Usha’s husband did not return home one fine day, she started residing in the house of her sister Champa. On April 1, she was admitted to Lady Goschen Hospital and delivered a girl baby on April 2.
As she did not wanted the child, she with the help of sweepers Prameela and Sukanya decided to sell the baby. The sweepers contacted one Gulabi, who in turn handed over the baby to a childless couple Jayaraj and Rajivi.
He said that the child has been taken to the custody of CWC and has been enrolled at Fit institution in Puttur.
DK CWC Chairperson Asha Nayak said that it was the residents of Hosangady who had complained to the CWC on the sale of child with the help of hospital employee Prameela and Sukanya on April 13.
Later, the Gram Panchayat of Hosangady had also complained to the Committee. The CWC had issued three summons to the sweepers to appear before the CWC. As they failed to comply to the summons, the CWC had issued non bailable warrant against the two. Accordingly, the police attached to Venur police station were successful in arresting the duo, and later other three were also arrested.
The minor female child aged about seven months, which was in the custody of Jayaram and his wife were produced before the Chairperson of CWC, on November 9 and had admitted that he had bought the child for Rs 22,000 from the Gulabi.
State CWC member Vanitha Torvi said that in this particular case, there was illegal birth, illegal sale and illegal adoption. For adoption, there is a channel to go through. The childless couple have to apply for adoption, and there is a process to adopt the child.
No Fit institution
Torvi said that there are no Fit institutions in Mangalore, to take care of children who do not have parents. “We have written to the government to recognise atleast two institutions in Mangalore as Fit institutions.”
In a separate press release issued by the DC who is also chairman of the District anti-trafficking committee said that investigations are on and stringent action will be initiated against the two employees of the hospital with immediate effect.