Guwahati: A man from Kokrajhar district in Assam sold off his 15-day-old daughter for Rs 45,000 due to extreme poverty but police managed to rescue her in time. The man and the two women who bough the child have been arrested on charges of human trafficking.
Dipak Brahma, a resident of Dhantola Mandaria, was reeling under extreme poverty after he returned from Gujarat during the nationwide lockdown where he was working as a labourer. After returning to his homeland, he was unable to find any work and was living in extreme poverty. He was unable to support his family and take care of his wife and children.
After his return, Dipak and his family started living in the house of his in-laws at Kachugaon Patakata village and were struggling to survive these tough times.
Dipak’s wife recently gave birth to a girl who is their second child. The first one is a year-old daughter, said Nedan Foundation chairman Digambar Narzary.
“Brahma tried to find a job during the pandemic but it was hard to come by. With almost all doors to earn a living closed, Brahma decided to sell the newborn,” added Narzary
Dipak sold his 15-day-old daughter to two women for Rs 45,000 and didn’t inform his wife of the incident. Later, when his wife found out, she and villagers lodged a complaint at Kachugaon police station.
“On receiving the complaint, police swung into action and rescued the baby from the two sisters. We also arrested the man (Brahma),” informed the police. When asked, the two women confessed that they bought the infant for a childless couple whom they knew.