An offence has been registered against three persons for allegedly selling and purchasing a newborn boy for Rs 1 lakh in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Thursday.
Based on a complaint lodged by an NGO, the Dombivili police on Wednesday registered an offence under relevant sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, against a couple and a doctor, an official told Press Trust of India.
According to the complaint, the accused was pregnant from her second husband and she already had children from her first marriage, and the couple were finding it difficult to manage the family, reported news agency Press Trust of India.
The woman sought an abortion, but the accused doctor advised her instead to sell her baby, the official told news agency PTI.
The woman delivered a boy on November 10 and a few days later, she took her newborn son to the doctor and allegedly sold him for Rs 1 lakh, he said.
After a few days, when the woman asked the doctor to return her baby, the doctor did not entertain her request, following which she approached an NGO with a complaint, the official said.
Further probe is being carried to find out if the accused doctor had purchased and sold infants in a similar manner in the past, he added.
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