Father of two boys tries to sell his new-born girl child, held

Accused told the police that his wife was sick and he needed money for her treatment

The Hush Post: Police arrested a man for allegedly trying to sell his infant daughter hours after her birth in civil hospital, Phase VI, Mohali. Jaspal carried the infant for hours in a polythene bag.

Dr Jaideep Brar was on emergency at the Civil Hospital Mohali, informed the police after Jaspal Singh from Amritsar, who has a rented accommodation in Ballomajra, adjoining the Chandigarh-Kharar road approached the medico on Monday night at 10 pm, saying he wanted to sell the child.

Jaspal Singh is a father of two other boys. A case was registered at the police station in Balongi, Mohali, on the basis of the doctor’s statement, under section 317 (Exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years, by parent or person having care of it) of the Indian Penal Code and section 75 (cruelty to child) and 81 (Sale and procurement of children for any purpose) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

“Jaspal said his wife was ill and he needed money for her treatment so wanted to sell the child. He said he was the father of a new-born male child, but handed over a female child that he was carrying in a polythene bag,” Dr Brar told the police, as said in a report.

The accused had been arrested said Navin Pal Singh Lehal, station house officer (SHO), Balongi. He faces a maximum imprisonment of seven years and a fine of about ₹1lakh, if he is convicted.

The infant has been kept under observation at the hospital as she was vomiting when her father brought her there but is now reported to be doing fine.

The mother, Manjit Kaur, is at home and has not been included in the case, police said.

The accused, Jaspal works in a Kharar mall confessed to the police that Manjit Kaur had delivered their third child at 2 pm on Monday at home. “We have two sons, one aged 10 and the other five, so we could not afford a third child. That’s why my wife asked me to go and sell the newborn baby,” he claimed.

Jaspal also he spent hours on a look out for someone to take the baby, first choosing a prominent hospital in phase 6, Mohali. Some employees over there advised him to go to a destitute home and give up the child. He had been wandering in the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital for an hour before meeting Dr Brar.

The police also said the CCTV cameras in the Civil Hospital emergency ward were not working so they could not get footage of the man and his daughter.

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