Warangal Rural: In a shocking incident, a three-day-old baby boy was ‘purchased’ for Rs one lakh by an childless couple of Hasanparthy mandal on Friday. Officials of the Women Development and Child Welfare department, however, traced the couple and shifted the newborn to the government ‘Sishugruha’ in Hanamkonda after producing the baby as well as the couple before the Child Welfare Committee here on Sunday.
Speaking to Telangana Today, District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) G Mahender Reddy, said a tribal woman delivered a baby boy on June 10 at her mother’s home at Ramulu Naik thanda of Narsampet mandal in Warangal Rural district. The woman was asked by her mother’s elder sister to sell the boy to the couple as the woman was ‘separated’ from her husband.
Following this, the woman went to Narsampet under the guise of health checkup and handed over the baby to the childless couple. However, the baby’s sale spread like wildfire in the village and soon came to the notice of officials of the Women Development and Child Welfare department. “On coming to know about the incident, I along with health department officials (nurse Saloni) and ICDS supervisors Jhansi, Sridevi and others rushed to the village and enquired about the issue with the family members of the woman.
It was found that the woman had indeed sold her baby following the mediation of her aunt who is from Dasru Thanda of Geesugonda mandal. On learning this, we visited Dasru Thanda to confirm the incident,” he said, adding that they took custody of the child from the couple who purchased the baby.
The tribal woman who sold the baby boy already has a four-year-old son and a two-year-old girl. She was staying with her mother for several months due to marital disputes with her husband. Meanwhile, the childless couple submitted a letter to the CWC stating that they had purchased the baby due to ignorance of the law and regulations of child adoption scheme. DCPO Mahender Reddy said he made an oral complaint with the Narsampet police about the incident.