Nearly a week after a destitute woman from Araria (north-eastern Bihar) sold her four-month-old son to a Nepalese couple for Rs 62.50, another impoverished woman in Nawada district of south-central Bihar tried to sell her newborn son to feed her family comprising a mentally challenged husband and three other children.
Dulari Devi of Maluka Bigha village, under Hisua block of Nawada, allegedly tried to sell the child at the market on Wednesday for R4,000, claiming her husband Bisheshwar Yadav was unable to look after the family.
Sources in the Nawada police said a woman from the nearby Surhi Tola was even ready to buy the newborn, but some people alerted the police before the deal could go through.
The Hisua police immediately took her to the police station where she was fed and provided medical assistance. The circle officer also promised to provide her a BPL card and ration.
“Dulari is the second wife of Yadav. Her stepsons had chased her and the children out of their house,” said a police official.
Alerted by the two incidents, the state fixed the responsibility of identifying such destitute families on officials of the integrated child development scheme, under which anganwadi centres are run for poor women.
Meanwhile, the Bihar human rights panel sought reports from the district magistrates of Araria and Nawada about the alleged sale of children.