Baby girl sold for Rs 6,000 in Shimoga

A poverty-stricken family allegedly sold a one-month-old baby girl to an unidentified couple for Rs 6,000, the police said on Monday.

The incident, which took place at McGann Hospital here on March 9, came to light when the patients informed the hospital staff about the suspicious activities of Somli Bai (70), the grandmother of the baby.

A case has been registered against her at the all-woman police station.

Nagi Bai, (27), the mother of the infant, is not in a position to explain the incident as she is mentally unstable. Both the women are natives of Kodatala tanda in Honnali taluk, Davangere district.

Police said Nagi Bai had delivered a baby girl at a hospital in Honnali taluk a month ago. She was brought to McGann Hospital recently as she had been suffering from mental illness.

Somli Bai, her mother, was taking care of her daughter and the child. An elderly woman was said to have spoken with a couple about the baby a few days ago.

She allegedly handed over the child to them on March 9 afternoon at the hospital. While the police say she could be the main suspect, Somli Bai is clueless about the couple to whom she sold the baby.

Speaking to Deccan Herald over the phone, Superintendent of Police Kaushalendra Kumar said, “We have  formed a team to probe the matter. We are trying to collect more information on whether any other member of Somli Bai’s family is involved in the case. The infant’s mother is not in a position to explain anything. Somli Bai agrees that she handed over the child to somebody, but she has no other details. We are investigating.”

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