Orissa tribal woman sells son for Rs 1,200
Orissa's western districts of Kalahandi, Koraput, Bolangir and Deogarh are considered to be the most economically backward areas of the country.india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 15:08 IST
Driven by poverty and hunger, a woman in Orissa sold her one-month-old son to a resident of her village, local media reported on Wednesday.
Kendruka Laki, originally a resident of Sonepulmunda village in the state's Koraput district, has been living in her parents' house in nearby Katulpeta village after her husband left the village in search of a job about seven months ago.
Laki, mother of a five-year-old son, gave birth to a second child two months ago. When she found it difficult to maintain her two children, she allegedly sold her newly born son to a villager for Rs 1,200, the Oriya daily Sambad reported.
Orissa's western districts of Kalahandi, Koraput, Bolangir and Deogarh are considered to be the most economically backward areas of the country.
Hunger deaths were first reported from Orissa in 1965-66, when a drought in Kalahandi and Koraput districts led to a famine that claimed around 1,000 lives.
Unfortunately, the situation has not improved much over the decades. People in the region continue to die of hunger, even as the country makes rapid strides in other economic fields.
Meanwhile, another woman, Bharati Bhuyan, died of hunger last Monday in the state's Deogarh district after her impoverished husband failed to get food for her for over six days, The Samaja newspaper reported on Tuesday.