Newborn sold to pay hospital bill in Assam

Newborn sold to pay hospital bill in Assam

GUWAHATI: Lower Assam's Bengtal unit of All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) lodged an FIR against two hospitals of Bongaigaon town including the government hospital in the district of having involved in a human trafficking racket in the area. The ABSU unit move came following a poor couple who were allegedly forced to sell their newborn baby to pay hospital bills on Sunday last.

The student body informed that last week when Phillip and his wife Sabita, from Chirang district, reached the Bongaigaon civil hospital (government) for her delivery, the government doctors advised them to go to a nearby private hospital for the same citing medical complications. But the family were handed over a bill of Rs 29,000 after a caesarean surgery.

"But the family told the hospital authority that they were unable to pay such huge bills. Then a nurse suggested the family to sell the baby to a childless family in return for paying their hospital bills. With no other option left, they did so," Tebasrwn Brahma, a local ABSU leader said.

As the incident came to light and there was a huge public outcry, the Bongaigaon district administration has also set up an ADC level probe into the incident. The additional deputy commissioner Kishor Thakuria who is heading the probe said that the probe will fix responsibility on those who are accountable for this.

"After the probe completes, the district administration will file a case against those found responsible," said Thakuria.

Bongaigaon police said that the newborn was sold to a couple in Goreswar in Baksa district. A team of police and district administration officials are already on their way to rescue the infant and return to their biological parents. However, the biological parents have reported to have denied accepting their own child citing financial crisis.

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