Shocking: 1.5-months-old girl sold for Rs 7000 in Odisha by parents, rescued by police  

According to reports, the police in Odisha’s Jajpur district on Friday rescued an infant girl who was one and a half months old from a couple who had reportedly purchased her from a poor couple for 7,000 rupees.

Anganwadi workers and a child development project officer in the Dasrathpur block of the Jajpur district filed a complaint, and the police responded by rescuing the female kid from the childless couple in Barina village under the Champeipal grampanchayat.

A complaint has been filed against the kid’s parents as well as the couple who reportedly purchased her under Sections 81 (selling of children) of the Juvenile Justice Act and Section 317 (abandoning child) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The infant’s parents sold her off last month, and the child development project officer was made aware of it by local anganwadi workers. The newborn’s parents already had two daughters and work as day labourers. According to district child protection officer Niranjan Kar, the third kid was reportedly sold because of their poverty. “Despite the kid’s parents’ claims that the couple who took the child was connected to them, we were unable to confirm this throughout our inquiry. The baby has been saved and will be returned to her real parents following the proper procedure.”

In Odisha, a state that was formerly notorious for its poverty in the 1980s and 1990s when many impoverished families sold off their kids and daughters to wealthy families unable to feed them, stories of child sales remain prevalent. There are several instances of child sales in the western Odisha districts of Kalahandi and Bolangir. Even though Odisha’s per capita income increased from 99-2000 to 1.27 lakh in 2012-2013, kid sales still often occur.