SHIMOGA: A 23-year-old woman from neighbouring Davanagere district’s Honnali taluk was arrested on Monday on charges of selling off her 20-day-old baby girl for Rs 6,000. Her mother, too, was arrested by Shimoga police.
Police were acting on a complaint lodged by Shimoga’s Mc Gann Hospital where the alleged incident took place.
The arrested have been identified as Nagi Bai and her mother Soman Bai, 65. Both are labourers from Kodatala village, near Honnali, about 310 km from Bangalore.
Police said Nagi Bai delivered a baby girl at the hospital 20 days ago. On Sunday night, a couple reportedly came to the hospital ward, negotiated with the baby’s mother and grandmother and struck the deal at Rs 6,000. According to patients in the neighbouring wards, the couple left with the baby after paying upfront.
Attendants of patients in the neighbouring wards brought the illegal sale of the newborn to the notice of the hospital, which, in turn, informed the police. A posse of police officers rushed to the hospital and arrested both women.
A hunt has been launched for the couple who allegedly bought the baby.
Police investigation is exploring all angles in the case, including that of a possible baby racket. Hospital superintendent Dr Lepakshi described the incident as “shocking”, and ordered an inquiry into the case.