the lockdown rendered the Indian couple jobless.
An Indian couple made the heartwrenching decision to sell their two-month-old daughter to their distant relatives. The incident happened in the West Medinipur district of West Bengal.
They had sold the child for Rs. 3,000 (£30).
It was reported that they sold their daughter as they were desperate for money and were struggling to feed her.
The child’s mother used to work as a housemaid while the father was a daily wage earner. Since the nationwide lockdown was implemented in March 2020, both of them have been unemployed.
The matter came to light on Thursday, June 4, 2020, after a team of police officials and several members of the Non-Governmental Organisation Childline recovered the child from her relative’s house in Howrah.
Police sent the infant to a hospital. Meanwhile, they identified the parents as Bapan Dhara and Tapasi. Both are currently absconding.
Sub-Divisional police officer Agnishwar Chowdhury explained that found the child at her distant relative’s house.
During the investigation, police found out that her parents had sold their child for Rs. 3,000.
Police spoke to the locals. They revealed that Tapasi worked as a housemaid.
However, many households stopped requesting her services over fears that they would contract Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown.
Bapan was a daily wage earner. However, the lockdown rendered the Indian couple jobless.
Some of their neighbours said that a lack of income made it difficult to feed the child.
Officers discovered that the couple had sold their child following information from their neighbours. They had said that they had neither seen the child or heard her cries.
The police then learnt about a childless couple who were distantly related to Bapan.
Following this, they tracked down the home and found the baby girl there.
District child protection officer Sandip Kumar Bose said that the child would stay at the hospital for a few days before sending her to a state-run home for children.
Meanwhile, they are currently looking for Bapan and Tapasi.
India’s lockdown was implemented to stop the spread of Covid-19, however, it has had a huge effect on the poor.
Hundreds of thousands had been employed in big cities but the lockdown meant that many citizens did not require their services and subsequently rendered them jobless.
Many of them walked for days to return to their homes in rural areas with very little money and provisions.
It is clear that the lockdown has resulted in a struggle and for some people, they have resorted to desperate measures for survival.