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Couple, midwife jailed in child sale case

Written by: Staff

Amritsar, July 6 (UNI) A couple who ''purchased'' a new born child and a midwife who ''sold'' it were sentenced to seven years' rigrous imprisonment by a local court today.

The sentence, along with a fine of Rs 5,000 each, was announced by Chief Judicial Magistrate Virender Kumar six years after the crime was committed. The trio has been sentenced under sections 363, 365, 368 and 120 B of IPC.

Local 'Daai' (midwife) Ramesh Rani, who had stolen and sold the newborn male child to childless couple Sukhwinder Singh and Ranjit Kaur of Raipur Kalan village for Rs four lakh, was also involved in other cases of infant swapping and even killing.

The case had come to light in 2002 when a newborn's body was found on railway tracks and Ramesh Rani's involvement was detected. During interrogation, the sale of the boy, was also revealed.

Manju Bala, wife of Harish Kumar, resident of Sripura here, had delivered the male child, later christened Amar Pratap Singh, at Rani's residence. However, Rani swapped the child for a girl, later named Muskaan.

After their DNA test, it was proved that Amar was their child but to take his custody, they will have to file another suit.

Meanwhile, Muskaan, brought up by Manju and Harish, also faces a traumatic situation as the court has ordered a search for her biological parents.


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