A RACKET involving sale of minor children for petty sums came to light after the Saadatganj police registered a case in this connection on Saturday night.
The case was registered following intervention of the Women’s Commission and the child was sent to the Children’s Home under supervision of the commission.
The FIR was lodged against a woman, her family members and a broker who sold a one-year-old girl to the journalist of an electronic channel for Rs 500 on Friday.
The complainant, Ali Hasan Abidi of Rustam Nagar, stated in his FIR that Rani of the same locality sold her one-year-old daughter Sahiba to a woman journalist.
In the course of a sting operation, the journalist had contacted a broker Babu who asked for Rs 2,000, assuring a minor girl.
Babu later introduced Rani to the buyer and the woman handed over her daughter, saying that she was facing acute financial crunch and was unable to bring up her child. Rani also claimed she had got merely Rs 500 in the deal.
The journalist, after taking custody of the child, visited Rani’s home to find all luxury household appliances in her house.
Social worker Abidi later lodged a named FIR against Babu, Rani and other gang members Saeed Rizvi, Twinkle, Munna and Javed.
The accused were reported to be absconding.