Poor woman in Bihar sells child for Rs.62
began an inquiry into a poverty-stricken woman in Bihar's Araria
district selling her four-month-old son for just Rs.62 to a
Nepalese couple, sources Sunday said. "I was informed that a poor
woman sold her child to a Nepalese couple. Police have now begun
poverty-stricken woman in Bihar's Araria district, who sold her
four-month-old son for just Rs.62 to a Nepalese couple, is missing
a day after her plight hit headlines, police said Monday.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has assured "action" in the case,
which has caused political mercury to rise in the state, with the
opposition parties training their guns on him.
Shannu Khatun, in her mid-30s, who was struggling for survival,
sold her son to a Nepalese couple at Forbesganj railway station,
near the Indo-Nepal border in Araria, about 350 km from here.
"Khatun has disappeared from the railway station, police have been
trying to trace her whereabouts," Araria Superintendent of police
Shivdeep W. Lande said.
Nitish Kumar Monday told media persons here that it was a serious
matter and the government will act in this case. "The government
will take action in this matter," he said.
Lande said that he has directed the local police and approached
the Railway Protection Force to look for Khatun. "She may be
hiding, fearing police action. But police are keen to help her to
recover of her sold child," Lande said.
"Police have been investigating," he added.
According to district police officials, a police team returned
empty handed from her village as she was not found there.
Khatun, along with her children, left her village a few days ago
and took shelter at the Forbesganj railway station. She denied she
had sold her child, but admitted to giving it away for his own
Police officials suspect that Khatun was forced to leave the
railway station by the RPF and railway authorities in view of the
embarrassment caused to them by the incident.
But her eight-year-old elder daughter Sabina told some local
residents that her mother sold her younger brother for a mere
Nepalese Rs.100 (Indian Rs.62).
Earlier, Syed Ahsan Ali of the Railway Protection Force said
Khatun had "donated" her child to a Nepalese couple. "She told us
that she had not received any money for it."
Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP),
Congress and Left parties said that Khatun's case has exposed
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's much publicised development and good
"What type of development it is when a poverty stricken woman is
forced to sell her child for few rupees?" RJD leader Ram Kirpal