"my husband snatched the baby"
The police are looking for an Indian man who sold his newborn baby and used the money to throw a party for his friends.
Bhudhram Chatomba, a tribal villager from Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district, had promised a party but had no money to buy liquor.
So, he sold off his 28-day-old baby girl to a local villager for just £300.
According to the baby’s mother, Unwasi Chatomba, her husband told the villager that he already had nine children, and therefore could not take care of the newborn.
Unwasi Chatomba is one of two of Bhudhram Chatomba’s wives. He has six children with one of them and three with the other.
Speaking of the incident, Unwasi Chatomba said:
“I was standing on the balcony of the house when my husband snatched the baby from my arms and handed her over to the visiting couple.
“I didn’t react out of fear of being assaulted.”
The mother also said that her husband would waste money on parties for his friends instead of spending it on the family.
Chatomba’s whereabouts are now unknown, and the police are conducting raids to locate him.
A senior police official from Noamundi police station said:
“We have rushed a police team to the spot and are investigating the case but the accused is absconding.”
It is not uncommon for family members to sell their babies for various reasons.
In another shocking incident, an elderly couple were arrested in Uttar Pradesh for selling their baby grandson for £4,500.
The baby, named Prince, was born in September 2019.
Sikhai and Krishna Ram took the child to Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, Punjab, on October 2, 2019.
The couple claimed the hospital visit to be a routine check-up.
However, once there, they met a ward attendant and sold the child.
The baby’s father, Rakesh Kumar, contacted the hospital and police after Sikhai told him someone kidnapped his son.
During the police’s investigation, they found that the grandparents had signed a deal with a child trafficking gang to sell their grandson.
The ward attendant, identified as Saroj Bala, was believed to be the leader of the group.
The police then arrested Bala, the grandparents and seven other people accused of child trafficking.
After the arrests, the baby boy was handed back to his parents, and £2,100 of the £4,500 was recovered from the grandparents.