Bid to sell newborn: Child panel wants paternity test to rule out child trafficking
Jaspal Singh from Amritsar, living on rent in Ballomajra, Mohali, was arrested after he approached a doctor in the emergency of the Phase-6 civil hospital on Monday night. A father of two boys, he was sent to judicial custody on Wednesday.punjab Updated: May 17, 2018 11:33 IST
The Mohali district child welfare committee wants the police to move for the paternity test of Jaspal Singh, who caught trying to sell his newborn daughter, to rule out the possibility of child trafficking.
Jaspal Singh from Amritsar, living on rent in Ballomajra, Mohali, was arrested after he approached a doctor in the emergency of the Phase-6 civil hospital on Monday night. A father of two boys, he was sent to judicial custody on Wednesday.
However, the child welfare committee wants to rule out the possibility of child trafficking.
“We have asked police to get his paternity test done to ascertain if he is the newborn’s biological father,” said Navpreet Kaur, district child protection officer.
Meanwhile, Jaspal took a U-turn on his earlier claim that he wanted to sell the newborn on the advice of his wife, Manjit Kaur. A police official, privy to the investigation, said Jaspal now claims that he had decided to sell the child because of the family’s poor financial condition and Manjit was not aware of it.
Neighbours not aware woman was pregnant
Meanwhile, the one-room house where Jaspal was staying with his wife and two sons was locked on Wednesday. Neighbours said they were not aware of the family’s whereabouts.“We were not even aware that Manjit was pregnant,” said a neighbour, not wishing to be named.
A police team had taken her along while some relatives may have taken the two kids, said another neighbour.
Police had taken Manjit to the civil hospital, from where her family members took her along, said Balongi station house officer (SHO) inspector Navin Pal Singh Lehal.
Requests pour in for adoption
Meanwhile, staff at the Mohali civil hospital said residents have been approaching them with requests to adopt the child, who is recovering in the hospital. District child protection officer Navpreet Kaur said:“We have asked police to trace the family. If the family is willing, we will put the child up for adoption according to the procedure.”
First Published: May 17, 2018 11:33 IST