Poverty in India: Woman Sells Child for Rs. 2000

Poor Children in India. Photo: Rakesh Raman
Poor Children in India. Photo: Rakesh Raman

A homeless tribal woman, deserted by her husband, was forced to sell her newly born male child to one of her neighbours, for a sum of Rs. 2000 (approximately US$ 30) in the Kendrapara district of Odisha.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India said Tuesday that it has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about this case during its camp sitting at Bhubaneswar.

Reportedly, according to NHRC, the woman took this step due to poverty as she is deprived of benefits of the government-run schemes. She is already mother of two children.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is the fastest growing economy with improved macro-economic indicators.

The Human Rights Commission has observed that the contents of the news reports, as brought to its notice by a human rights activist, Akhand Pratap, are indeed painful and indicative of violation of right to livelihood and dignity of the poor woman, who is forced by the circumstances to sell her child.

The Commission has issued a notice to the District Magistrate, Kendrapara to submit a report within four weeks along with the steps taken or proposed to be taken for relief and rehabilitation of the victim family.

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