Agartala, Sep 1: The West Tripura district administration rescued a newborn from a childless tribal couple from Mandai area of eastern Agartala last evening who had been sold out by the parents at Rs 2000 apprehending future crisis of the family to grow up the child.
However, there was no legal action against the accused parents and the couple bought the child. This is the third such incident reported in the state during the last six months and all the cases, poverty was appeared to be the reason for child selling to well off family. Based on the media report, West Tripura district administration launched an investigation into the incident and found that the baby was sold because of the financial crisis. According to the report, the accused parents are having six children at remote Motaikami hamlet of Sonaichari village under Mohanpur sub-division, close to the capital city.
The family identified as Moniram Debbarma has been facing a crisis for past few years and they were given government support under various schemes including dwelling unit twice under Prime Minister Awas Yojana but these were not enough to run the eight-member family. Meantime, his wife Sarani conceived for the seventh time and subsequently, she gave birth of third girl child three days ago.
The Moniram was in touch with a well off childless couple in Mandai area and a day after of the birth the child, the man picked up the baby from the family but somehow it was got to know by local youth.
The news spread in the local media that embarrassed Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and he had mobilised the administration to rescue the baby.
Moniram runs the family by selling bamboo shoots and firewood available in the jungle near his decrepit hut. Based on the news input DM (West) Sandip Mahatme, officers of the child welfare department and block administration to rescue the infant and hand it over to the parents with financial assistance. (UNI)