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MP: Poverty forced Bihar parents to sell children

Battling poverty and debt for long, it was after much discussion that Rukmani and Sandeep Meena from a small village near Patna decided to hand over their nine-year-old son to a mediator in Indore.

indore Updated: Apr 05, 2016 17:24 IST
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A coolie trying to gather information from a child roaming around at railway station in Bhopal.
A coolie trying to gather information from a child roaming around at railway station in Bhopal.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT File Photo)

Battling poverty and debt for long, it was after much discussion that Rukmani and Sandeep Meena from a small village near Patna decided to hand over their nine-year-old son to a mediator in Indore.

The couple was promised monthly Rs 2000 and accommodation for the child, who was assured job in an industry in Madhya Pradesh.

The child boarded an Indore-bound train with 37 others aged between eight and seventeen years.

The story of Rukmani and Sandeep is no different from that of families who were summoned by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The children were rescued by the childline and the Government Railway Police under an operation Bachpan on March 29.

“The parents were in debt, had more than two-three children, were extremely poor and had no option except for trading their children to these mediators who showed them a happy picture,” said Brijesh Dhakkad, city-co-ordinator of Childline.

The childline and GRP suspect the mediators are based in Indore.

“The children were counselled by us but they were so badly brain-washed that they did not say anything. It was only after their parents were called and we started questioning them that it was revealed that a deal was struck by a group of individuals from Indore,” said Dhakkad.

He said they have listed the names of mediators with the help of parents and would now track them.

Santosh Patel, a volunteer with childline, said, “When the document verification was conducted it was found that two children were having identification cards of Nepal, while the rest were from different villages in Bihar.”

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Thirty-seven children were rescued by childline and the Government Railway Police under an operation Bachpan on March 29

Parents tell Child Welfare Committee that they sold their kids because of poverty and debt

The childline and GRP suspect the mediators are based in Indore.