Two infants who were sold for money were rescued in a late night operation by officials here on Wednesday.
Officials said that Malar (36), a construction worker, and wife of Suresh (40), a labourer of Ammapalayam in Attur delivered a male and female baby twins at Government Hospital in Attur on September 17. They have three girl children in the age of 14, 9 and 6 years and a boy aged three. Since the poverty-stricken family could not bring up the twins, they sold the girl on September 22 for Rs. 5,000 to Kalaiselvi (45), who had lost her husband and son. They sold the other baby to Periyasamy (32) and Krishnaveni (26) of Krishnapuram in Gangavalli for Rs. 10,000.
On Tuesday, District Child Protection Officer Devaki received information about the sale and conducted an inquiry.
Following confirmation of report, a team, including Devaki, Anti-Child Trafficking Sub-Inspector Jeyarani, and personnel from Attur police station raided the residences and rescued the infants at around 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. They were handed over to the Child Welfare Committee. Ms. Devaki told reporters that due to poverty, the family could not bring up the children and hence, sold them. Committee Chairman A. Xavier said that the infants would be handed over to legally-run adoption centres. He also said that a complaint would be lodged with the Superintendent of Police seeking action against persons involved in illegal adoption.