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Poverty-stricken mother of five sells infant; hospital orders probe

A poor mother of five has been accused of selling her newborn daughter to a woman in Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in this Jharkhand coal town, prompting authorities to institute a probe.

ranchi Updated: Jul 20, 2016 10:50 IST
Subhash Mishra
A poor mother of five has been accused of selling her newborn daughter to a woman in Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad.
A poor mother of five has been accused of selling her newborn daughter to a woman in Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad.(HT File Photo)

A poor mother of five has been accused of selling her newborn daughter to a woman in Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in this Jharkhand coal town, prompting authorities to institute a probe.

The infant was returned to the mother at the hospital after the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) intervened on Tuesday.

Dulali Devi, 40, a resident of the Dhaiya locality, gave birth to twins — a son and a daughter — at PMCH on Sunday evening. On Monday evening, she allegedly sold the daughter to a childless woman, Shahida Khatoon, of Wasseypur for `7,000.

Devi, who had three children, said she had sold the infant as she was not in a position to raise five kids. Her husband worked in rolling mills and struggled to make ends meet.

Shahida, who had reportedly come to meet a patient in the gynaecology ward, paid `5,000 to Devi and promised to pay `2,000 the next day.

However, after being informed, PMCH authorities and CWC members swung into action. CWC chairperson Nita Sinha, visited the hospital, and said the infant was brought back to the mother. “I have called Shahida Katoon to the CWC office on July 21.”

Meanwhile PMCH has set up an enquiry committee to probe over sale of an infant by parents.