Bhubaneswar, Feb 28 (LocalWire) : Hit by poverty and lack of finance to sustain their fifth child, a poor family living on the outskirts of the smart city is allegedly said to have sold his infant son at Rs 10,000 to another family living in the city.
After the intervention of activists, the police have rescued the child.
According to the initial information, the child was sold when he was merely 19-day-old based on an informal agreement with the family. The Commissionerate police have now detained four persons in connection with the trade-off.
Prima facie information revealed that two mediators which also involved an ASHA worker ensured a smooth exchange of the infant and money.
The mother, however, pleaded innocence and claimed that due to the inability to nourish her fifth child, she decided to exchange him with money to ensure a bright future for him.
The couple who sold their kid is said to residents of Satyanagar slum in Bharatpur, on the outskirts of the city.
The issue was brought to limelight after the intervention of Childline which swung into action to rescue the child after getting a tip-off.
A case into this regard has been registered at Khandgiri in the state capital. While the police have rescued the child, the identity of the person who received the child and said to be living near Mancheswar is yet to be revealed.
The mother of the child works as a domestic and claimed that the person with whom the trade-off was planned had promised her to provide work besides the one-time monetary assistance for the infant.
The kid has now completed two months.
The child has been taken to the Capital Hospital for a medical checkup and other formalities after the case was brought to limelight.
The police are further investigating the case.