Beware! If doctors or hospital staff declare your newborn as ‘dead’, do not trust them blindly. Ask them for the dead body and a relevant certificate.
You may end up falling into the trap of infant traffickers. Your infant would be alive and sold to childless couples in Delhi, Mumbai or even in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the West Bengal police has recently busted a newborn trafficking racket and arrested 13 people.
The racket – biggest in eastern India – was operational in different nursing homes in Kolkata. Childless couples would contact several NGOs which give shelters to orphans and unclaimed children. These NGOs had commission agents who would liaison with doctors and nursing home staff. The nursing home staff and doctors – who are paid huge commissions – would declare an infant as ‘dead’ and issue a birth certificate to the parents of the newborn without handing over the dead body.
Later, the newborn would be sold off to childless couples through NGOs. While newborn girls with a dark complexion would be sold for Rs 1 lakh and fair babies for Rs 1.5 lakh, newborn boys with a dark complexion would be sold for Rs 2 lakh and fair ones for higher than Rs 2 lakh, English daily DNA reported.
The racket, which was operational for the past three years in over a dozen of nursing homes in Kolkata, had spread its tentacles not just across the country in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, but also across the United States and the United Kingdom.
The network – said Deputy Inspector General (CID) Bharat Lal Meena – was uncovered on Tuesday when CID officials raided a nursing home at Baduria in North 24 Parganas. Acting on a tip-off, the raid led them to this racket. The police recovered two newborns, wrapped in cotton sheets and placed in a biscuit carton, ready to be handed over to a childless couple.
Earlier, used to target unmarried mothers who were paid huge amounts of cash. But later, they moved on to cheating parents of the newborn.
News Source: India Times