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Tribal ?sells? twin sons for Rs 100

A tribal man in Chhattisgarh has reportedly sold his newborn twin sons for Rs 100 to buy food for his family. But the couple that ?bought? the twins said their intention was to adopt them.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 14:43 IST
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A tribal man in Chhattisgarh has reportedly sold his newborn twin sons for Rs 100 to buy food for his family. But the couple that ‘bought’ the twins said their intention was to adopt them.

In industrial town of Korba on Saturday, Samaru, 24, who hails from Korba district’s Simkeda village, handed over his one-day-old twins to a Christian couple who wanted to adopt children, according to local media reports.

The childless couple said they have adopted the twins and will take care of them. The couple, however, denied they had ‘purchased’ the kids and said it was purely an adoption, adding that they paid Rs 100 to the father, as he had no money to return to his village, 250 km northeast of Raipur.

The children’s mother passed away an hour after the delivery on Friday. Samaru already had five kids and the father has been struggling to feed them.

Samaru belongs to the endangered Pahari Korba tribe, living in Jashpur, Surguja and Korba districts, with a population of about 33,000 and a literacy figure below four per cent.

The Korba administration on Sunday asked for a magisterial inquiry into the sale of the twins. “We have taken the matter seriously and I have asked the tehsildar to inquire into the allegation of selling of the twins,” Korba Collector Sanjay Garg said.

Former CM Ajit Jogi pulled up the Raman Singh government, saying because of largescale corruption in Centrally sponsored projects, the Pahadi Korba tribes are “reeling under a severe condition”.