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Poverty forces Bengal mother to sell child

Unable to take care of her seven-month-old child due to extreme poverty, a mother in West Bengal's Nadia district sold her infant to a meat seller for Rs 2000.

Rinku Das, a recently widowed mother of two from Krishnanagar in Nadia district which is some 105 km from Kolkata, said she was compelled to sell her second child - a girl - as she found it difficult to take care of her. 'I do not have a livelihood. Whatever I had, is already sold. It had become very difficult for me to feed myself and the children. So, I sold my younger child for Rs 2000,' said Das.

Das sold the child to Madhav Saha, her neighbour and a meat seller. Saha, who is childless, was happy to accept the child.

'Yes, I bought the baby for Rs 2000. I do not have a child,' Das said. Though police have not arrested them, they called both Das and Saha and asked the mother to take back the child. 'We know it is difficult for the mother to take care of the child. It is necessary that she stays with her mother,' said a police officer.
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