Poverty can make a man do things beyond imagination. In a heart-wrenching incident that came forth on Wednesday, a 32-year-old woman from Shirdi town in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district dealing with extreme poverty, allegedly sold her three-day-old son to a man in Mumbai for Rs 1.78 lakh.
Acting swiftly on the FIR registered on November 7 at Manpada police station in Dombivli town in Thane the police detained the woman, the man who bought the child, and four others who helped the woman in the crime.
The woman gave birth to the child in September, but was not in a position to take care of him because of her family’s poor financial condition, Manpada police official said.
She then started looking for a customer to sell the child and get some money, he said. Three women, from Ahmednagar, Kalyan in Thane, and Mulund helped her find a customer.
They struck a deal for selling the child to the man residing in Mulund.
According to the FIR, the child’s mother with the help of the other accused allegedly sold her son to the man without any legal formalities for Rs 1.78 lakh.
Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the man’s premises and found the infant.
A case was registered against them under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, he said.
Further probe is on.