KOLKATA: In the last one and a half years, about 25 to 30 newborn babies have been sold from a nursing home in Bengal to other parts of the country and even to the United States. If this isn’t difficult enough for you to digest, here’s more. The price of the infants who were packed away in biscuit boxes was decided
according to their skin colour!
A fair-skinned girl child would cost Rs 1,60,000 but if the girl baby was dark, the rate dropped to Rs 70,000. A fair boy baby was priced at around Rs 2,20,000 but if a baby boy was dark, his rate would
drop to Rs 10,000.
These shocking revelations were made by West Bengal CID DIG Bharatlal Meena at a presser after an investigating team arrested 8 persons involved in this racket from a nursing home in Bhaduria in
Maslandpur in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Three newborn babies were found in biscuit boxes during a raid that was carried out on Monday.
If one is still wondering as to how the parents even got ready to sell their newborns, the catch is that they are never told that their child was born! Right after the delivery, the dizzy mother is lied to, that she has given birth to a stillborn.
“Immediately after birth, the baby was packed in a biscuit packet and sent to a local NGO. From there, the child was transported to other states and even countries for sale,” said CID DIG Bharatlal
Meena. According to initial estimates, some 25-30 babies may have been trafficked in the last one and half
years, he added.
The accused have been identified as Satyajit Sinha, Prabhat Sarkar, owner of the nursing home Asaduzzaman, Utpala Byapari, Najma Bibi, Barbul Baidya, Jhantu and Amirul Biswas. All the eight accused were arrested and produced in Basirhat Court on Tuesday. CID has secured police remand of 14 days. They have been booked under Section 120 (B) and Section 34.
The police are also finding the connections of two practicing doctors from RG Kar Medical College Hospital in Kolkata and another hospital in Bongaon near Bangladesh border. They are also zeroing upon on those who bought these newborns.