The impoverished woman who allegedly sold one of her twins to a Nepalese couple last Thursday at the Forbesganj railway station in Araria district of north-eastern Bihar, close to the India-Nepal border, has mysteriously disappeared from the scene.
Shannu Katun, with her twins at Forbesganj station in Bihar.
“Who are you talking about? Please give the railway administration some respite,” said the railway protection force (RPF) sub-inspector who, on Saturday, had told reporters the woman, Shannu Khatun, had given away one of her four-month-old male twins for his own good.
However, the police are in search of the woman and trying to recover her son, allegedly sold to a Nepalese couple last Thursday for a Nepalese currency equivalent of Indian Rs. 62.50.
Araria superintendent of police SW Lande told HT he had contacted the RPF on the issue and a search for woman and her children was on. “The police are also in touch with their Nepalese counterparts, besides the NGO working for such causes, for the safe release of the sold child,” the SP added.
A police team was rushed to Khatun’s native village Madanpur but she was not found there, the SP said. “May be, she was forced to leave the railway station by the railway authorities after the matter received the media’s attention,” said another police officer, pleading for his anonymity.
Shannu Khatun (35) had allegedly sold her four-month-old child because she found it impossible to support the family of five.
Khatun’s family comprised her physically chanllenged husband and three children, one of whom she had sold. She had left her village a week ago and had taken shelter at Forbesganj railway station.
The woman denied having sold her son, claiming she had given him away for his own good. But her eight-year-old daughter Shabina had stated her mother sold her brother out of abject poverty. Later, RPF sub-inspector (incharge) had said that she had ‘donated’ her son, denying the child had been sold off.