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Bihar: Woman forced to sell child to pay for husband's surgery

Last updated on: February 21, 2013 12:27 IST

An impoverished woman in Patna sold off her two-month-old daughter for Rs 5,000 to a neighbour as she desperately needed the money for the medical treatment of her ailing husband.

Shama Parveen, 32, a resident of Murgian Tola in Isopur, Patna, sold her daughter as she had no other way of raising money for the treatment of her ailing husband Mohammad Sarfaraz.

”My husband needs surgery for a stomach ailment and the surgery will cost more than Rs 5,000. I approached people for help but didn’t get any financial support. I sold my daughter to save my husband’s life. I had no other option,” she said.

Her husband, who used to work as a painter, has been forced to stop working due to his ailment.

Local police officials claimed they had no information about such a transaction.

This is not the first case of an impoverished mother selling her child to survive in the backward state.

Earlier, a poverty-stricken woman in Samastipur district had sold her one-and-half-year-old malnourished son for Rs 19,000 to pay off a debt.

A similar case was reported last year when a poor woman sold her four-month-old son for a mere Rs 62 in Araria district to a Nepalese couple.

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