Police, Childline rescue baby sold for Rs 1.5 lakh in Odisha Capital

Bhubaneswar: Hours after a report of selling of a 19-day-old boy came to fore in Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police today rescued the baby from Mancheswar area. Based on a complaint lodged by Childline at Khandagiri police station, the police took swift action and rescued the infant. Worth mentioning, selling and buying of child is punishable under Section 81 of Juvenile Justice Act and attracts a five-year rigorous imprisonment.

As per latest reports, the baby was later admitted to the Capital Hospital for medical examination in presence of Childline members.

Earlier in the day, the Childline members received a phone call informing that a child of Satya Nagar Basti in Bharatpur area under Khandagiri police limits in Khordha district was sold by his parents for Rs 1,50,000. Following this, two members of Childline reached Bharatpur and inquired into the matter.

After discussion with the parents of the child, ASHA Karmi, local Anganwadi workers and neighbours, the Childline members came to know that Dilu Das and Mini Das have a total number of five male children and the child in question was only 19 days old.

Both Dilu and Mini accepted that they sold their 19-day-old child to a couple and received Rs 10,000 by executing an agreement in the non-judicial paper in the mediatorship of the ASHA karmi and a local. This apart, Anganwadi worker and other neighborhood people were informed about the purchase and sale of the child, the Childline said in a statement.

After the Childline sought help, the Commissionerate Police rescued the 19-day-old child today evening.

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