Gwalior, April 19: In a major breakthrough, a secret 'baby farm' was busted by Madhya Pradesh police in Gwalior district.
According to media reports, 'unwanted' new-born babies born out of illicit relationships or rape cases were sold for adoption to childless couples and swapped at exorbitant prices at Palash hospital in Morar town of Gwalior.
Following a tip-off, police conducted a raid on Saturday, April 10 and claimed to have rescued two new-born babies.
Prateek Kumar, ASP crime branch was quoted saying as, "whenever a girl or her parents approached them for termination of unwanted pregnancies, doctors at this hospital used to convince them assuring a safe and secret delivery."
Five people including hospital's director and manager have been arrested in connection with the case and have been booked under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person as slave), 371 (Habitual dealing in slaves) and 373 (buying minor for the purpose of prostitution).