The Cyberabad police arrested a man who was trying to sell his two-month-old daughter for Rs 5,000 in Jeedimetla on Sunday. The man told police that he wanted money to return to his native place.
Raheem, 25, an Urdu tutor-cum-construction worker from Uttar Pradesh, and his wife Zeenat were staying in Subhash Nagar in Jeedimetla since one year. The couple has a two-month-old baby girl, Saba.
Raheem was reportedly finding it very difficult to run the family and decided to sell off his daughter to get enough money to return to UP. He discussed his problems with a friend, Devanand, and sought his help to sell the girl.
“At about 6 am, Raheem quietly picked up the girl, who was sleeping next to her mother, and handed her over to Devanand. Before handing over the girl to him, Raheem changed her clothes and threw the old ones on the road to give an impression that she was abducted,” Jeedimetla inspector A Sanjeeva Rao said.
After handing over the girl to him, Raheem returned home. When his wife enquired about their daughter, Raheem feigned ignorance and started a search for her.
However, a few hours later, local people at Gandimysamma noticed Devanand who was moving suspiciously with the infant, asking people if they want to take care of her as he did not have enough money to look after her.
They caught hold of him and alerted police. During interrogation, Devanand spilled the beans and police arrested him along with Raheem. Cases were slapped against the duo under Section 498-A (subjecting a married woman to cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). TOI