A couple who had three daughters but were desperate for a son, an influx of money after the family’s land was acquired by the government, and a mother who confided in an ASHA worker about wanting to abort her child – police in Jharkhand have stumbled on a curious case after a newborn went missing from a government hospital on March 18.
On March 23, police arrested 11 persons, including five women, from three districts for the alleged sale of a newborn in the state’s Chatra district.
The arrested accused include the Barkagaon-based couple who ‘bought’ the child. The man, Upendra Kumar, who police said is in his 30s, allegedly borrowed Rs 4.5 lakh from his mother.
“The couple wanted a boy. Kumar’s mother had received a compensation amount of Rs 6 lakh for a parcel of land acquired by the government for highway construction in Ramgarh’s Gola area. He pleaded with her to part with Rs 5 lakh, and paid Rs 4.5 lakh to the ‘brokers’. The woman who gave birth received Rs 1 lakh only,” Deputy Commissioner Chatra Abu Imran told The Indian Express.
Imran said police first received a tip-off about a child going missing from Sadar Hospital in Chatra on March 18. He went to check and found certain discrepancies in the mother’s version. “It appeared that people around her had tutored her about what to say. She was saying she gave her child away willingly, and no one was involved. We set up a team immediately.” The woman and her husband, both daily wage labourers, have also been arrested.
Investigators eventually found that the woman did not wish to have the child, and had spoken to an ASHA worker, also called Sahiya in the state, about wanting to have an abortion.
“The Sahiya convinced her not to abort the child, and assured her that he would be given to someone,” said Superintendent of Police Chatra Rakesh Ranjan.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day Advertisement
Police sources said the Sahiya allegedly roped in several ‘middlemen’ – all of them have since been arrested. “Middlemen of Chatra, Bokaro and Hazaribagh got involved; these are the same people employed by district hospitals on contract to advertise various government schemes in their villages. An employee of a private nursing home was also involved.”
Rs 3.5 lakh was distributed between the ‘middlemen’, police say, though investigators are trying to ascertain if they are part of a larger nexus since people from at least three districts are involved.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
The accused coordinated in a way that the Barkagaon couple would get the child soon after he was born – he was recovered from their residence and has since been put under the care of the state.© The Indian Express (P) Ltd