Nellore, Feb 27, 2021: Unable to fund their 16-year-old daughter’s treatment, a daily wager couple in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore reportedly sold their 12-year-old daughter to a 46-year-old man.
The parents were unable to afford the treatment for their elder daughter’s who is suffering from a respiratory illness.
As per a report in TOI, the 12-year-old girl was sold to a man identified as Chinna Subbaiah for Rs 10,000. He married the girl on Wednesday. A day later, she was rescued by women and child welfare department officials and shifted to a district childcare centre where she is being counselled.
The Kottur-based couple were approached by Subbaiah, their neighbour, who is said to have bargained and struck the ‘deal’ for Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 25,000 initially demanded by them, said the report.
According to the police, Subbaiah’s wife had left him following marital discord. He is said to have made offers to the family in the past too, seeking to marry their second daughter.
Girl rescued by child services
Subbaiah brought the girl to his relatives’ house in Dampur on Wednesday night after ’buying’ her. Neighbours heard the child screaming and crying. “They (neighbours) went to the house of Subbaiah’s relatives to inquire what was happening. They then approached the local sarpanch, who contacted us,” the report quoted an intergrated child development services official as saying.
Police have registered a case against Subaiah and are interrogating him.