Chennai police held a middle-aged couple of Thursday for allegedly buying a new born baby boy, reports The New Indian Express. The couple was reportedly exposed when they brought the infant to a Government Hospital for Women and Children in Egmore.
45-year-old Makesh, who works in private firm and 42-year-old Vidya who is a maternity assistant in a prime health centre in Madhavaram, were childless and allegedly bought the boy. The mother of the baby agreed to sell the baby reportedly owing to financial constraints.
Their actions came to light when the doctor that they were consulting in the hospital, realised they couldn't answer basic questions about the child. When asked if the child was born through a normal delivery or C-section, the couple reportedly had no answers. In addition to this, the doctor realised the 'mother' had no post-pregnancy signs.
Alarmed by this, the doctor then alerted police personnel stationed at the hospital, according to TNIE. The case was referred to Rajamangalam police station, the area where the baby was bought. According to TNIE, the child was born in a hospital near Otteri on March 18. The biological mother who was reportedly traced, admitted to selling the baby due to poverty. Investigation in the case is currently underway.
This incident comes to light just months after a 46-year-old woman sold her newborn baby girl in order to be able to pay bus fare. The mother, a daily wage worker from Vanamangalam had delivered the baby in a Government hospital.