Odisha: Newborn girl rescued after being sold for Rs 7,000 by parents

Jajpur: A one-and-a-half-month-old girl was rescued by Jajpur district police and officials of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) from a childless couple who allegedly bought her from a penniless couple for Rs 7000 recently.

Based on the complaint of an Anganwadi worker and the child development project officer in Dasrathpur block of the district, the Mangalpur Police started an investigation and rescued the girl from the infecund couple in Barina village under Champeipal gram panchayat and lodged a complaint against the couple who had allegedly bought her. The complaint was registered under Section 317 (abandoning a child) of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and Section 81 (sale of children) of the Juvenile Justice Act.

The infant parents already had two daughters, and they sold the third one due to poverty.

The district child protection officer, Niranjan Kar, stated that the parents sold the infant last month for only Rs 7,000. “We didn’t find a case while investigating the matter. The infant has been rescued and kept at the District Child Protection Unit. The baby will be handed over to her biological parents after completion of all the procedures,” he added.

However, they claimed that the couple who had bought their baby was their relatives.

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