Yet another shocking incident came to light in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, almost three years ago, a couple allegedly sold off their two minor daughters for Rs 1,500 each to a brick kiln owner of Howrah in West Bengal.
The incident came to light on Monday, following which the district administration ordered a probe into the alleged selling of two minors. The incident occurred at Toranghatu village in Jagannathpur sub-division of the district.
According to media reports, the couple lives in poverty-stricken tribal area of Jharkhand. “Though it is a three-year-old case, the incident came to our notice after a section of the media reported it on Monday,” an official of the district administration told news agency PTI.
The block development officer (BDO) concerned and the police have been asked to probe the incident and submit a report soon, the Sub-Divisional Officer of Jagannathpur, Smrita Kumari said PTI.
“I have also asked the Child Welfare Committee to probe the incident to find out the truth,” she said, adding necessary action will be taken against the culprits on the basis of the findings.
A month ago, a similar case was reported from 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, a man was arrested for selling his two-month-old twin daughters to childless couples for Rs 1.8 lakh. The accused was identified as 49-year-old Ratan Brahma.
On the basis of information shared by the residents, the police arrested the accused. However, the police had recovered Rs 1.45 lakh from him.