The COVID-19 has hit the lives of people in a drastic way. It pulled few people to commit crime. To a greater extent, Parents of an eight-months-old girl child from West Bengal’s Midnapore district sold her off for just Rs 4,000 due to severe economic crisis due to the continuing pandemic that hit the nation eight months back, police said.
Police said preliminary investigation revealed that the family was dealing with acute poverty during the Covid-19 outbreak that started livelihood opportunity crisis with repeated lockdowns since March. The police further added during the interrogation the parents admitted that with zero-income it became really difficult for them to make both ends meet. The incident was reported from Harijon Pally area in the district. However, the infant’s uncle somehow managed Rs 4,000 and got her back home on Thursday from the person she was sold to, said the Police officials. Uncle handed over the baby to the officials of state child welfare department.
After the necessary medical tests, the baby was kept in Vidyasagar Girl’s Home in Midnapore town and the officials of Kotwali police station took the parents into custody for interrogation. With IMF prediction of economy further going down, daily wage or low income people are more vulnerable. Let us hope the economy to revive back as early as possible, industries to operate well and the pandemic to be over.