Bhubaneswar, Sep 13: Often we hear about poor parents selling their children to prospective buyers for want of money. Whenever such stories manage to make it to the headlines, such parents receive sympathy and support from the government and society for their pitiable condition.
But a father from Odisha courted arrest for allegedly selling his 11-month-old son for Rs 25,000. What caught the attention of all is that the man identified as Balaram Mukhi from Bhadrak splurged the money he earned from selling his son on buying a mobile phone, a silver anklet and alcohol.
According to the police, Mukhi spent Rs 2,000 on the mobile phone, Rs 1,500 on a silver anklet for his seven-year-old daughter and the rest on alcohol. The police also questioned Mukhi's wife, Sukuti. The couple has another 10-year-old son.
"Odisha: Man arrested from Bhadrak district for selling his 11-month-old son for Rs 25,000, spent money on mobile phone, silver anklet and alcohol," tweeted ANI.
Odisha: Man arrested frm Bhadrak dist for selling his 11-month-old son for Rs 25000, spent money on mobile phone, silver anklet & alcohol pic.twitter.com/pvJojom9hm— ANI (@ANI) September 13, 2017
According to Bhadrak superintendent of police Anup Sahoo, Mukhi has no regular income. "He works as a sweeper and seems to be a habitual offender."
Sahoo added that Mukhi's brother-in-law Balia and an anganwadi worker were also involved in the crime. The three men sold the 11-month-old baby to a couple in their sixties, who had lost their only son in 2012.
Since the wife was suffering from depression, thus the husband bought the infant thinking that adopting a kid would help the grieving mother recover soon. The police said that the couple, who bought the baby, will also be interrogated soon.