On Monday in Kallachi town near Nadapuram in the Kozhikode district, people noticed a gypsy woman begging on the streets with a 4 month old baby girl in tow.
What drew their attention to the unlikely mother-daughter duo was the stark contrast in their physical appearances.
The baby was very fair and strikingly beautiful while the mother could not have been plainer.
The crowd assumed it to be a case of kidnapping.
When questioned, the gypsy lady simply clung on to her infant while reiterating amidst sobs that she was the mother, but to no avail.
The vigilante crowd then handed them over to the police who interrogated them for over two hours at the station.
Some of the mother's relatives who were there in the town soon came along with the baby's elder seven year old sister to support her claim.
It was then obvious to one and all that the infant shared a close and affectionate rapport with her sibling and other relatives.
Her resemblance to her sibling too helped matters.
According to Nadapuram Circle Inspector Sunil Kumar N, the family hailed from Rajastan and was in the habit of travelling to various states during festival seasons for small-scale trading, begging and the like.
Since it was verified beyond doubt that the child actually was hers, the mother-child duo were finally allowed to leave with their relatives.