unborn child ~ last hope to pay debts
statesman news service
Chandigarh, 16 July
In a bid to improve the financial condition of her family, a house wife in Haryana tried to auction her unborn child by placing an advertisement in a newspaper.
Mamata, a resident of Budian in Yamunanagar district, is eight-months pregnant and tried to sell the yet-to-be born child by releasing a newspaper advertisement under the guise of adoption.
In it, childless couples were asked to contact her for the child. But when people called her on the cell number given provided in the advertisement, she demanded to know the prices they would offer first.
Close to 500 to 600 people have, reportedly, called the woman with offers up to Rs 4 lakh. However, they say, she was not ready to accept anything below Rs 6 lakh. Mamata finally found a buyer in Punjab who agreed to pay Rs 6 lakh. The latter was asked to deposit an advance of Rs 2,000 in a bank account.
But the caller in this case turned out to be a child rights activist, who reported the matter to police and also approached the district administration for action.
District Collector, Yamunanagar, K M Pandurang said an inquiry had been ordered in the case. "I have asked the SP and PO, ICDS (Programme Officer of Integrated Child Development Cell) to launch an inquiry based on the guidelines mentioned in the Adoption Act," he said.
The woman, whose husband is a rickshaw puller, has however defended her action saying they are finding it difficult to feed their three children. She said all she wanted to do by selling the unborn child was to pay the debt incurred by the family and ensure a better future for her children and husband. The family resides in a rented accommodation.