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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Twin newborns rescued before being on sale by father

Malda, 1 March, 2015: Instead of being fed on the mother’s breast milk, two hapless newborns were waiting to be sold to unknown families. The repugnant trade was about to take place at Naldubi village of Mangalbari gram panchayat in Malda police station, merely 8 km from here. However, those newborns were rescued and admitted to Malda Medical Collewge Hospital, thanks to the timely intervention of a charitable organization.

After the matter was revealed, minister for women and child development and social welfare Dr Sashi Panja instantly asked the district social welfare department officials to submit a report without any delay.

Besides, police have also started an enquiry into the complaint received by the members of the charitable organization.

Secretary of the organization Akinul Rahman said, “We came to know that a poor couple from Naldubi area Ashok Pramanick and his second wife Dipali Pramanick planned to sell their four-day-old twin newborns against Rs 5,000 only. Even they handed over the babies to the midwifery nurse Lata Rabidas and asked her to sell the babies against a certain amount. Thankfully the gram panchayat pradhan Rekha Bibi on learning the plan of the underprivileged couple recovered the twin newborns from the midwifery nurse’s house and admitted them to MMCH.”

The midwife with the babies (Photo: VoM)

Mr Rahman further apprehended that a baby-selling racket might have involvement behind the prospective trade of the twins.

Dipali Pramanick (Photo: VoM)

The mother of the newborns Dipali Pramanick mentioning the family’s deplorable financial condition conceded, “My husband claimed that he had not fathered the twins and left them laid under open sky. Being mother it was hard to endure the babies’ plight. So, according to the husband’s plan I consented to sell the babies and kept them under the care of the midwifery nurse.”

Ashok Pramanick, the father and a barbar, in a seemingly indifferent tone said, “Firstly, I am too poor to rear up two babies. Moreover, those babies do not belong to me as Dipali had already been pregnant when I married her. Why should I take care of other’s offspring with my pitiable income?”

He admitted that a man from village initially offered him Rs 300 for feeding the babies and offered another Rs 5,000 later. “Accordingly, the babies were at the care of the midwifery nurse. I do not know anymore,” he added.

Lata Rabidas, the midwife said that as she could not bear the desertion of the newborns by their parents, she had brought them to her house at Sarada Colony, 4 km from the babies’ home.

The rescuer of the babies Rekha Bibi said that the babies as well as their mother were quite sick. “I admitted them to MMCH with help of the charitable organization. Police complaint was lodged too,” she added.

SP Prasun Banerjee said, “A complaint of attempting to sell twin newborns was received by police. An investigation is underway.” 

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