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Mangalore: Five Women Arrested for Trafficking of Newborn Baby Girl

Mangalore: Five Women Arrested for Trafficking of Newborn Baby Girl
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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
Mangalore, Nov 10:
Five women have been arrested for being involved in the trafficking of a newborn girl, born of an illicit relationship, at Lady Goschen Hospital here.

The arrested are Yashodha, Champa, Pramila, Sukanya and Gulabi. Yashodha from Beltangady taluk, with the help of the hospital sweepers Pramila and Sukanya, sold her illicit newborn girl soon after the delivery in the same hospital. After the matter came to the notice of Venur police following a complaint filed by Venur residents, the police investigated the case and traced the five accused.

Addressing a press meet here on Saturday November 10, SP Abhishek Goyal said that Yashodha, whose husband was in Mumbai, delivered a girl baby on April 2, 2012 after being admitted at Lady Goshchen hospital the previous day. It was her second child. Yashodha’s elder sister Champa, an accused in the case made Yashodha stay with her.

Yashodha was reluctant to keep the child with her and planned to sell it off. Sweepers in Lady Goshchen hospital namely Pramila and Sukanya promised to help Yashodha in this case.
Goyal added that both the sweepers contacted an outside party, Gulabi, a beedi worker in this regard. Gulabi offered to buy the baby for Rs 22,000, out of which Rs 12,000 was shared by the two sweepers. Gulabi then sold off the baby to Jayaraj and Rajivi couple, residents of Varkady village in Kasargod taluk, 7 months ago. The couple were married for 25 years without a child. Jayaraj, a bank employee, did not follow any of the legal procedures in adopting the baby.
As per the direction of IGP, Western Range, Venur police stepped up the investigation and arrested Champa from Hosangadi, and based on her statements, Yashodha was arrested from Siddakatte, Pramila and Sukanya from Lady Goshchen hospital and Gulabi from Konaje.
The city's Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has taken charge of the baby, Harshitha, who is now seven months old. She will be looked after at Shree Ramakrishna Ashram, Puttur.
CWC chairperson Asha Nayak who was present at the press meet said that there are certain rules and procedures in adopting a child. The cumulative age of the couple has to to be 90 years, and at least one of them should have pursued SSLC as minimum educational qualification. Also, the couple need to have certain assets in their names.

"Those who wish to adopt the child need to apply at the adoption centre and must follow the legal procedures," she said. 

However, Jayaraj and Rajivi couple were not charged under any section by the police.
Vanitha Thorvi of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights who was also present at the press meet said that it has to be made compulsory for women who admit themselves in hospital for labour to show their identity cards.

"llicit pregnancy results in disrespect to the child and the mother too. In Yashodha's case, the person who fathered the child will be traced with the help of police and will be punished as per the law," she said.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Lady Goschen hospital superintendent Dr Shakuntala said that Pramila and Sukanya were not employed by the hospital management but were working as sweepers on contract basis. However, they will not be allowed to work at the hospital anymore and will be suspended, she added.

Sowjanya case
SP Abhishek Goyal said that the family of Sowjanya, who was found raped and murdered last month at Pangala, gave a written appeal to the IGP on Friday November 9 evening to hand over the investigation to CID. "Further action will be initiated," he said.soon, he assured.

Comment on this article

  • Roshan, Sacheripete / Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Nov 12 2012

    Sad to say, painful to write, there is more protection, worship, respect and demand for cows rather than baby girl in INDIA!!!!!!!!
    People will block the road, kill, attack the worship places, and hold public meeting but blind to such issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I call them double standard and evil in the society!!!!!!!!!

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  • keerthan shetty, mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    I think child was in the safe hands of adopoted parents who is an bank employee and would have grown up normally,now at ashram the child will not taken care properly,these women activist for the sake of her publicity spoiled the career of the child and made the child to stay at ashram

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  • Prashant, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Why make such abig issue out of nothing. The child was growing with the adopted parents. But now the child will come up in ashram because of some useless peoples complaint. May god shower and bless her with all the good things that can happen, and give prosperity to the child.

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  • Jude, Mangalore Dubai

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Dinesh Poojary, yes I agree that they got trained by the East India Company where Mutalik is the Head master.

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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Why make a big issue out of this incident? The biological mother does not want to keep the child, but the foster parents likes to bring up the child as their own. Make the adoption procedure simple and let them adopt the child.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore / Kwt

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Thank God the innocent baby didn't land in any wrong place!

    Rules like certain cumulative age, education and requirement of assets normally discourage genuine childless couples from going for adoption. Such rules must be imposed on foreign couples who intend to take the child out of the country. For couples inside the country the rules need to be liberalised since they can be kept under observation until the child comes of age.

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  • Deepak , Managalore , Dubai

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    If Adoption procedures are reasonable then no one would try to do this kind of work, First loosen up the procedures , if people want to adopt give them reasonable solution instead harrassing them in name of procedures.Adopting is blessing but with formalities & legal procedures the desired PARENTS get lost.

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumair G MBBS DGO DNB , Nellore/Kodyadka

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    These people who steal young children must be hanged in public so that no one repeats these kind of crimes,

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  • Leslie Lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Where is Dr. Kalladka Prabhakara Bhat now? He publicly blames muslims and christians for all the evils in the society!

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  • Peter Pereira, Pune

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Dinesh Poojary, thank God there are no Fatima or Monica is involved. Otherwise you would have screamed it is the influence of Moghul or Western Culture.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    A big relief! baby is alive and it is handed over to childless couple,a noble action but the method they pursued is bit wrong?.The baby is innocent give her a good life a future a good society but don't punish her future.

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  • M H Rashid, Udupi, Saudi Arabia

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    The family of Sowjanya, , gave a written appeal to the IGP on Friday November 9 evening to hand over the investigation to CID. "
    Quite often these kinds of statements are heard “hand over the case to CBI/ CID. This is portraying wrong impression about the local/state police. The state police have to raise their level and create confidence in public. They must be equipped and competent enough to solve the most difficult cases too and provide justice to the citizens.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Hospital Sweepers evil eyes on new borns... !!!!
    Welldone police officers, many mothers newborn have been trafficked pls investigate and punish these inhuman sweepers.

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  • GERALD, Modankap

    Sun, Nov 11 2012


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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumabi

    They would have got trained from East India Company.

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    For a better society this act is not justified. But i am happy to read that, none of them tried to GET RID of/kill the unborn/born baby. For this great courage i admire Yashodha even what she has done ethically wrong.
    Here in Adoption the intentions were good BUT the actions were wrong. As the Adoption procedured are very difficult n takes long time.
    There are many who try for abortions and many live in agony for getting a child in their life. Poor adopted couple how must they have tried for legal adoption, who knows?
    Lawrence, USA - well said. Kaliyug...

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  • Boniface, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    I agree with Lawrence, USA. Why this unnecessary propaganda. In addition, little more mirch-masala added by readers by their personal views.

    Following is best solution:
    - Reprimand the personnel involved.
    - Let the government authorities help the childless couple who adopted the child in legal matters to make the proper documents so that the child is raised in the safe hand since mother does not want the child.
    - Let the government open an social institution, where the child can be legally kept, if parents do not want to take care of the child.
    - Do anyone can be sure that child will be raised better in the orphanage.
    What if, the mother already killed the child in her womb or immediately after birth or later stage throwing in the garbage.
    Government officials are looking for silly things (in all cases) to harass people rather than stretching their hands to support. If at all they are willing to help, then, obviously “beach ka raasta” in other words “solution in between”. What is that solution in between, in simple terms give bribe and close the case “Rafa Dhafa”.

    Just look at the almost one and half year old PANJIMOGAUR murder case, our smart police did not find even a clue.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    What a lovely Baby she is!!! Changed hands from Mother to Sweepers, Sweepers to Beedi Worker, Beedi Worker to childless couple and back to Child Welfare Committee. Hope she will be handed over to Mother finally. We have to thank everyone since they did not harm child any time. One thing you all might have noticed that Hospital like Lady Goschen keeps contract labour??? Few days back they were fighting for new building to be constructed with the banner of “Youth Congress” and see their mentality, instead of keeping permanent employees for manual jobs, they keep contract labour. What may be the problem but it shows their love & affection towards their employees too

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    To STOP trafficking of a newborns or BIGGER CRIME of abortion which is in fact killing the Baby, Government should urgently set up Orphanages, or encourage give grant and aids to NGO's to set up Orphanages.
    Other point to be noted is lot of crimes are taking place in these area, highlighted only because MEDIA is working for the people. Administration/Political parties are VERY WEAK in curbing the violence. It is wake up call to people/mass movement to fight for JUSTICE before it is too late.

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  • A.PINTO, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012


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  • Fatima, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Thank god at least the lady didn't kill or throw d baby in d dust bin.sometimes rules nd regulations go unnoticed intentionally,here the child went to safe hands.

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  • Lawrence, USA

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    What kind of world we are living in? Killing the baby in the womb (abortion) is legal. Giving away the baby to someone to be raised is illegal. The child raised in an institution and the child raised by the childless couple makes lot of difference in child's life.

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  • Santhosh, Udupi

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Rightly said Sandesh's not confused state of mind but COMMUNAL state of mind

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  • Patric, Jeppu, mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Mangalore: Car Driver, Woman Passenger Assaulted, Culprits Escape with Loot, Mr. Ismail, Perinje-Yanbu/KSA. I didn't see any comments from you for this news. You people should come forward to condemn this kind of moral policing in Mangalore.

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  • ads, Canada

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    Sandesh Shetty, Bangalore/Kudla totally both of you are right in comments except little bit over criticism by you. It is our moral responsibility help all human regardless of caste, religion. At this point if christians are done such thing for sure some of you tag as conversion . What ISAMIL said in this case is BD are always focused on moral policing for unwanted not even thier job to pefom such act why they can't focus on these kind of issues where one can follow proper adoption procedures. Also there arre so much help is required in India to help the poor, orphans, corruption etc for sure uneducated BD youth can do a great help to make a society a better place to live rather focusing on wrong things.

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  • Roshan Braganza, Udyavar / Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    The rules of adoption is bit strict , it needs to get liberal. How about if both husbands and wife are illeterates ( it states one should be sslc ) , so they will be deprived of rights of having. And also about assets and property , poor cannot go for it !!?. also the cummulative age of couples ( which is 60) , so that couple cannot have baby. Very patriarc and partial. The above rules may discourage peaple from adopting. ..Baby is gift from God , without any expense and free regardless of color , religion ..... Husband never involed in any 'trafficking' , so why police after him?.

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  • Azeez Kuwait, Udupi

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    Your right "people are divided even on holistic views" we have to cultivate culture of respect and mutual understanding. We should not bring uncalled unwarranted comments.

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  • mukesh, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    I fully agree with Mr.sandesh Shetty,there are some peoples with confused state of mind.

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  • KRPrabhu, Kudla/Bangalore

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    Of late lot of crimes are being reported from the remote villages of Belthangady area.Once a silent villages near by Venur etc., is getting popular for bad reasons.
    Government should intiate close vigil on suspecisous people operating area to prevent such heinous crime.It will be better if this work is officially alloted to BD/HJV as pinted out by Sriman Ismailji of Venur/Perinje.I sincerely appricte his suggestion.

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  • sudhir , mangalore

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    I agree with Sandesh Shetty....

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    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    Hospital staff specially sweepers equally responsible for this act of trafficking new born baby & hospitals have to improve their overall security. Yashodha, Champa, Pramila,Sukanya & Gulabi bure kaam ka bura natija, abhi hawalaat mein 'Mujra' dance karo!!

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    Every imagination of the people is corruption in one way or the other.

    I can approve only 20 percent of the population may live righteously.
    It is imperative that the citizens should introspect themselves and ask their own conscience.
    Why people give corruption???!!!
    Why people take corruption???!!!

    Because people like to offer and enjoy their legal or illegal job accomplishments.
    The receiver had the taste already because people do offer forcefully and some times put in their pockets or some times offer gifts. Offering of gifts for job accomplishments is considered as corruption.

    If the child was illegal why do they want to sell?!

    Here also a corrupt mind, to cover delivery cost plus to sustain her own physique.
    And see there are negotiators (sweepers) also to give and take.
    You scratch my back I scratch your back.

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  • Sandesh Shetty, Bangalore/Kudla

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA why are you bringing BD/HJV here. Even you can work towards such inhuman cases. Are you not human being?? So before advising other please look into yourself what are you are doing on such inhuman cases instead of bringing BD/HJV names. Incase if BD/HJV involves in such matters also you will come with your baised comments stating that who are they take law into their hands. Totally you people are of confused state of mind.

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    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    BD/HJV need to focus on such inhuman cases rather other than pursuing divide and rule policy.It might be a tip of iceberg and all hospitals need to follow established std procedure in dealing with patients. Now HOSPITAL management quick to disown sweepers/staffs foreseeing troubles.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumabi

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    I wonder if Yashodha, Champa, Pramila, Sukanya and Gulabi are from East India Company..........

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