allegedly sold by his drug-addict father for Rs 10,000 in
Odisha, was rescued from a woman by members of Childline
with the help of police.
The baby was rescued from a woman in Mali Sahi area
under Kharvelnagar police station limit in the state capital
and kept at an adoption centre, Childline director Benudhar
"The father of the baby is a drug addct. Due to
financial constraints, the newborns father forced his wife to
dump the baby in a dustbin. But, the mother handed over the
child to a woman," Senapati told reporters.
However, the woman who purchased the child said,
"They were about to abandon the baby. Since I have no son, I
bought the baby for Rs 10,000."
Senapati said, both the buyer and seller of a baby are
guilty under provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.
The police said it was inquiring into the matter and
all the facts will become clear after the probe is over.
A case has been registered in Kharavela Nagar police
The matter came to light after video of a man telling
that a woman came to him and his wife and forcibly took away
their 10-day-old child after giving them Rs 10,000 came to the
notice of the Childline authorities, police said.
"There are many inconsistencies in the versions of
both the parties and only a proper investigation will unravel
the truth," they said. PTI AAM