Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 10:
A day after a woman from Odisha’s Kendrapara district allegedly sold her day-old baby boy due to abject poverty, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today sought a detailed report from the District Collector within four weeks.
Taking suo motu cognizance of the incident, the Commission sought a report from the District Collector during its ongoing camp here.
The Commission has observed that the contents of the news reports are indeed painful and indicative of violation of right to livelihood and dignity of the poor woman.
After the matter came to the fore, Collector Muralidhar Mallick yesterday directed the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) to submit a detailed report on the incident.
Notably, a tribal woman identified as Geeta Murmu (30) from Bhamaradiapatana village on the outskirts of Kendrapara town allegedly sold her newborn for Rs 2,000.
The mother of two children – a 12-year-old girl and 10-year-old son – sold the newborn to Mamata Sahoo on Monday, a day after delivering the baby.
The woman living in a shanty was finding it difficult to meet the ends. She was doing odd jobs to feed her family as her husband – Haladhar Murmu – had deserted her almost six months ago.
As per reports, Mamata had persuaded Geeta to sell her child as she wanted a baby boy.
The tribal woman had, however, told media that she was unable to feed her family which left her with no options than to sell her baby.