Humiliation by in-laws forced woman to steal newborn

Sathish G.T.
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Vidya was arrested on Thursday night

Hemalatha with her newborn baby at Jayachamarajendra Hospital in Hassan on Friday.— Photo: Prakash Hassan
Hemalatha with her newborn baby at Jayachamarajendra Hospital in Hassan on Friday.— Photo: Prakash Hassan

Three miscarriages in a row and humiliation by her in-laws for being childless allegedly forced a woman from Vanagur in Sakleshpur taluk to steal a newborn baby from Jayachamarajendra Hospital here on Thursday. She was caught by the police later in the night.

According to the police, Vidya (26) was deeply hurt by the incessant humiliation suffered at her in-laws’ house for not having a child four years after being married.

Circle inspector Sanjeev Gowda told The Hindu that during the interrogation, Vidya admitted to the crime. She said she shifted to Hassan after telling her in-laws that she was pregnant and had been staying with her mother in a rented house. Vidya regularly visited the hospital and spent time interacting with pregnant women admitted there.

“During her visits to the hospital Vidya befriended Hemalatha. On Thursday, she came to see Hemalatha and took away the baby boy she had delivered a couple of hours ago,” said K. Shankar, medical superintendent.

“We are happy that the police traced the baby. When the child was brought to the hospital, he had difficulty in breathing. We are treating him in the intensive care unit,” he added.

Ms. Hemalatha heaved a sigh of relief when her child was returned to her around 1.30 a.m. on Friday. The baby was stolen from the hospital around 3.30 p.m. on Thursday.

The police traced Vidya with her cellphone number which she had left with Hemalatha.

Vidya was produced before the judicial magistrate on Friday evening.

  • The police traced her using her cellphone number

  • She was produced before the judicial magistrate

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