In an eye-opening case of addiction, a poverty-stricken alcoholic couple in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district sold its one-and-a-half-month-old baby boy to a quack for Rs 45,000 for buying their daily dose of liquor as per Hindustan Times reports. The couple already has 5 children and all under the age of 10.
Notably, baby-trade has been a major concern in the impecunious areas of India. Cases of child-trafficking have begun to surface in scary numbers.
The couple, 30 years old Rajesh Hembrom who works as a washerman and his wife, later refused the charges saying that they unknowingly sold the baby. After the police were informed by the neighbours on Sunday, the couple was detained. The police tracked the quack who had already sold the baby to a 50-year-old man Meghu Mahato, a resident of the same district. Mahato is childless.
“The agent Santosh Sahish, who is a quack, took away the baby after paying Rs 45,000 in cash to the couple. He handed over the infant to an old man who lives in Chakradharpur,” said Dhirendra Kumar, an assistant sub-inspector in the case.
Both Santosh and Mahato were sent to the Bokaro Jail on Monday on charges of trading an infant, he said. The baby was reunited with its parents.
“They have confessed that they were addicted to alcohol and needed money to buy liquor every day. They were probably inebriated during the deal as well and the quack had persuaded them to go ahead with it to have sufficient liquor,” said Child Welfare Committee (CWC) member Prabhakar Kumar.