3 Jul 2022

Odisha Newborn Girl "Sold" Because of Poverty, Redeemed: Police!

A newborn girl, allegedly sold by her parents due to poverty, in the Odisha district of Jajpur, has been rescued, police said.
The incident came to light after a child development officer in the Dasarathpur block filed a recent police complaint stating that Suresh Das and his wife had sold a childless couple for Rs 7,000, they said.

The baby girl was rescued from Champeipal village on Friday evening and taken to a social services committee, a police official said.

No arrests have been made yet, he said.

The parents, however, have denied selling their daughter.

"We are very poor and have two daughters ... So, we decided to give the baby to one of our relatives," said Mr Das.

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