Child trade deal turns sour; racket busted
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Child trade deal turns sour; racket busted

June 12, 2021

Case booked against biological mother, broker and couple at H.D. Kote Police Station

H.D. Kote: A child purchase deal turned sour in H.D. Kote and the issue has reached the Police Station. Now a case has been registered against the perpetrators of the crime. Legally, only CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority), an autonomous and statutory body of Ministry of Women and Child Development is authorised for child adoption in India and it is illegal to trade children in any manner.

One such deal took place in H.D. Kote seven months back where a couple ‘purchased’ a three-day-old baby from a woman in Bengaluru. However, the secret deal came to light after the original mother demanded more money from the adopted parents and the latter approached the Police.

The adopted parents of the child belong to the nomadic Hakki Pikki community (name withheld). The child was ‘bought’ by them from a woman in Bengaluru (name withheld) who is a dealer of herbal and traditional medicines.

The woman met the couple virtually during an online sale and the couple told the woman that they had no children. The woman, while selling her products, built cordiality with the couple and told them that she was pregnant and would give them her baby if it was a boy. The deal was struck for 1.5 lakh, seven months before delivery. 

An elated couple from H.D. Kote agreed to the deal and after the child was born, paid the money and took the three-day-old child home. The deal was stuck through a broker who is a resident of H.D. Kote. However, the biological mother approached the Hunsur Police soon after giving away the child and demanded the child back. 

But the biological mother again gave back the baby to the childless couple in H.D. Kote within 10 days. Interestingly, the Hunsur Police did not book a case despite knowing that it is an illegal trade and child adoption without CARA’s consent is not allowed and is punishable. 

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The natural mother repeatedly approached the couple for more money and fed up with this, the couple approached the H.D. Kote Police when the incident of the illegal trade came to light. However, the couple refused to give custody on the grounds that they had ‘purchased’ the baby for Rs. 1.5 lakh.

The couple also claimed that they were bringing up the baby as their own and even the child had got adjusted to them. 

As it is an illegal trade, the child was rescued and has been handed over to Child Welfare Committee, Mysuru and at present, the baby has been given to an adoption centre in Mandya. Based on the complaint filed by Child Development Project Officer Asha, a case has been booked against the natural mother, broker and also the couple who had the passion of the baby.

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