A poverty-stricken couple sold their 10-day-old baby girl to a farmer for Rs 10,000. The incident took place in Makavarapalem mandal on Monday but came to light only on Tuesday.
P Durga Devi of Tamaram village in Makavarapalem and Ashok Teja of Kakinada, who were blessed with a baby girl on November 9, planned to sell the baby in the hospital itself as they were finding it tough to make both ends meet. They entered into an agreement with Potala Srinviasa Rao, a farmer of Kannampeta village in Amalapuram panchayat in Narsipatnam mandal, and handed over the infant to him on November 19. When the word spread, women and child welfare wing officials led by project officer Ananta Lakshmi arrived at the primary health centre here on Tuesday and questioned the young couple who admitted that they had sold the baby. The officials swung into action and rescued the baby from Srinivasa Rao, who was warned of severe action. The child was brought back to Tamaram and handed over to the parents.
Devi and Teja had got married in a police station in April last year after their parents refused to acknowledge their relationship since both of them belong to different castes. With no job, they started living with Devi’s parents in Tamaram.
The young parents were later counselled by the women and child welfare officials who restored the baby to them with a warning. The jobless parents, both aged below 25 years, claimed that they took the extreme step as they had no money to take care of the baby. TOI