Monday, February 23, 2009

Newborn sold for Rs 6,000 in Andhra Pradesh, India

Real Slumdog .....

In Khammam a Dalit woman Rajitha sold her one-day-old baby for Rs 6,000.
The 20-year-old had no money to either pay the fee demanded at the government hospital where she gave birth nor was she confident that she can earn and look after her baby boy.
She gave birth to the baby boy last week. It was a c-section and the staff at the Kothagudem government hospital in Andhra Pradesh reportedly demanded that she pay Rs 2,200. So this single mother gave away her one-day-old baby for Rs 6,000 to a childless couple.
"I sold the baby for 6000 rupees because my financial position is really bad," she said.
Action is now being initiated against the doctor and hospital staff.
"Buying and selling a baby is an offence, so we will be booking cases," said Revenue Division Officer Rajaram.
District ICDS officials want the baby to be united with the mother so she can breastfeed him. The mother and child will be shifted to a state home and the mother will then decide if she wants to put the baby up for adoption.

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