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K’taka: Farm worker sells baby girl for Rs 1L

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CHIKKABALLAPUR: An agricultural labourer in Chikkaballapur district sold his 3-month-old daughter for Rs 1 lakh and bought a new motorbike and a mobile phone. The infant, sold to a childless couple from a neighbouring village, was rescued by officials of the women and child welfare department on Saturday.

While the girl’s mother was detained, the father is on the run. (The identities of the parents have been concealed.) The incident occurred at Tinakal village in Chintamani taluk, about 70km from Bengaluru. Acting on a tipoff, officials went to the village and questioned a few people, including the mother. According to sources, this was the man’s second marriage. He was known for his flamboyance and known to indulge in splurging.

When baby was born, the parents planned to sell her and were negotiating with some persons in Bengaluru. However, their plan was foiled as hospital authorities were vigilant. In the meantime, another person got wind of their intention and struck a deal with the man on behalf of a childless couple of Malamachanahalli in Siddlaghatta taluk. The latter, aged over 50 years, had paid Rs 1 lakh for the baby.

Subsequently, the man reportedly bought a motorbike for Rs 50,000 and a smartphone for Rs 15,000.

Mom appeals to authorities to give back her child

His spending spree aroused suspicions among neighbours who soon realised the baby had been missing. They alerted officials who visited the house. They’re yet to confirm when the baby was handed over to the couple. The mother maintained she agreed to sell the baby as her husband had threatened with dire consequences.

The baby was rescued and handed over to the adoption centre in Chikkaballapura, according to Lakshmidevi, Child Development Project Officer, Chikkaballapura.

Meanwhile, the mother appealed to authorities to give back her child. A decision about it will be taken at the sitting of the Child Welfare Committee on Tuesday, said Lakshmidevi. Police have launched a manhunt for the father.

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