Tamil Nadu Boy, 7, Allegedly Sold Off By Father For Rs 20,000; Rescued

Alcoholic father gave away boy as security for a loan of Rs 20, 000 in Tamil Nadu said local child welfare officials

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Tamil Nadu Boy, 7, Allegedly Sold Off By Father For Rs 20,000; Rescued

7-year-old allegedly given away by father as security for a loan of Rs 20, 000 (Representational)


Tamil Nadu:  A seven-year-old boy who was allegedly given away as security by his father for Rs 20, 000 loan, was rescued from a cattle farmer on Wednesday, in the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu. Local people claim he was "sold" off. 

The boy's father could not take care of him so he had given him away to a cattle farmer in exchange of Rs 20, 000, around six months ago. The boy, a migrant from the neighbouring Dharmapuri district, had lost his mother and was living with his alcoholic father and an aunt, district officials told NDTV.

Initially local people suspected something was wrong after seeing the boy rearing the villager's herd of fifty sheep. They alerted a non-profit body and the local child welfare authorities, alleging the boy was "sold" off. 

"A probe has been ordered. It appears the boy was given as security till his father repaid Rs 20, 000 he borrowed," chief of the Child Labour Project, S Priya told NDTV. 

The boy, a class 2 drop out has been sent to a children's home for now and officials are on the lookout for his siblings, an older sister and a brother. "We are trying to rescue his brother and sister as well. The brother too, we understand was given away to another person for money. We would put them all in one school," said Ms Priya.

In a video, that has been doing the rounds, the farmer is seen telling local people, "I used him only for rearing my sheep. What I did was wrong." The boy was apparently promised one meal a day; breakfast at 11 am. 

Child Welfare authorities told NDTV this could be a case of bonded labour. No police report has been filed and the local officers are yet to step in said the child welfare personnel.


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