For the infant's "better tomorrow", the mother sold him to child traffickers.
Salma, who gave birth to the child sold thrice in the month since, explained on Monday here why she had made the first deal: "I have not enough money to give him better future." Her husband, daily-wage labourer Sahil Mohammad, is also under arrest. The baby is their fifth child.
Salma accepted that she needed the money since her Mulism family had not enough employment after riots in its home district of Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. On Monday, the couple arrested from UP was produced in a court here and remanded in two days of police custody. The total arrests in the case have reached seven.
Police are interrogating the other accused to know how many children the network had bought and sold. They expect Usha, alleged leader of the gang, to reveal the deals involving the non-resident Indians (NRIs).
"Active child trafficker" for the past seven years, midwife Usha was caught for the first time in Ludhiana on Friday while allegedly selling Salma's baby to decoy customer advocate Harmeet Brar during the Hindustan Times sting operation.
Patiala medical college takes over parent role
Rajindra Medical College is being the mother that Salma failed to be. "We will bear all the expenses of the medical aid, powder milk, clothes, and other daily needs of the infant who was sold by his parents," deputy medical superintendent Dr Harsinder Kaur said in Patiala on Monday. "The infant is doing well and has started taking feed regularly. He gets special care and attention from the staff," she added.