Karnataka govt to inquire child trafficking

Written by: Devaki
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Tumkur, Jun 16: PM Narendraswamy, Karnataka Minister for Women and Child Development, informed that an inquiry would be done into the reports that parents are selling their children for petty amounts.

CNN IBN had reported that some impoverished parents were selling their kids for Rs 7000 to Rs 10,000. Around six cases of child-trafficking were reported from Tumkur district in Karnataka.

Narendraswamy said that a detailed inquiry would be ordered soon and the facts will be revealed after that. Child trafficking is crime under international law and national legislation, defined as the recruitment, transportation, harboring, transfer or receipt of children as means of exploitation.

Nina P Nayak, Chairperson of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, mentioned that poverty could have lead them to sell their kids.

"Many of these families, due to poverty or too many children and if they do not have any social security, like a Below Poverty Line (BPL) Card or an Above Poverty Line (APL) Card, then they feel compelled to handover the child for a price," said Nayak.

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