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BANGALORE, February 22, 2014
10-day-old boy rescued, thanks to alert neighbours
Alert neighbours helped the city-based BOSCO Childline rescue a 10-day-old boy from allegedly being sold to a childless couple by his maternal uncle and mother in Taverekere on Thursday.
The rescued boy has been shifted to Shishu Mandira and the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) is looking into the issue of rehabilitating the baby.
The baby’s mother, a 35-year-old homemaker, resides in Gangavathi with her two daughters aged eight and 13 years.
Enquiries by the BOSCO Childline staff revealed that her husband is a labourer migrating to different places in search of work and visits home once a year. .
The woman came to Bangalore to her brother’s house at Herohalli in Taverekere in the city two months before the delivery of the child. She then delivered the baby boy in a private hospital. Her brother allegedly contacted a childless couple and clinched a deal for Rs 2.5 lakh.
Meanwhile, the accused was discharged from the hospital about a week ago and was about to return to Gangavathi when the neighbours got a hint that the baby was in the process of being sold. The BOSCO Childline staff took an undertaking from the woman that she does not want to take the baby back. “Since the baby has been shifted to Shishu Mandira for three months, the CWC has to decide upon the future course of action,” Bosco Executive Director Fr. George P.S. told The Hindu .
CWC member Shivamallu, who is handling the case, said that though the mother is not keen on taking back the baby, the committee is looking into the rehabilitation of the infant. The family has been summoned to appear before the committee for further enquiries.
· Rescued boy shifted to Shishu Mandira
· Child Welfare Committee to look into rehabilitation of the infant