A news item published in the Daily Sun has led to return of a newborn to his mother in Gaibandha after being sold.
The news titled “Mother sells newborn to pay hospital bills” was published in the back page on Saturday drew attention of Law Minister Anisul Huq, prompting him to take necessary step.He asked personal secretary and deputy secretary Abu Salim Mahmud-Ul Hasan to talk to Deputy Commissioner asking him to bring back the baby.
Law Minister promised to return the money to the person who bought the baby.
Md Abdul Matin, deputy commissioner of Gaibandha, inquired into the incident and found authenticity. He finally returned the baby to mother.
It is learnt that the parents of the newborn entered into a deal to give their fifth baby to the person in exchange for money.
When the adopter came to know about interference of the law minister and deputy commissioner in the issue, he voluntarily returned the baby, sources said.
Talking to Daily Sun, Law Minister Anisul Haque said “I was shocked to read the Daily Sun news Saturday morning. Instantly, I ordered my personal secretary to contact Gaibandha deputy commissioner. I promised to give money to the adopter. He refused to take it, but must keep my word.”Deputy commissioner Abdul Matin said the baby was already returned to his mother.
“I sent NDC and magistrate to the spot. They came to know that a high official of NGO having no baby in 27 years of conjugal life adopted the newborn. They recovered the baby and returned him to mother. Besides, they gave food items for the baby and parents.”
According to UNB report carried by the Daily Sun, a woman who gave birth at a clinic sold her baby for Tk 16,000 to foot her medical bills.
Amena Begum, wife of Shajahan Mia of Sholagari village in Sadar upazila, went to a local hospital for delivery. Doctors there asked her to go to another hospital as she needed surgery.
On September 13, Shahjahan took his wife to Jamuna Clinic in Gaibandha where she gave birth.
Four days later, the clinic authorities asked them to pay a bill of Tk 16,000.
Unable to arrange money, the couple contacted a syndicate and sold their newborn for Tk 16,000.
Shahjahan said he gave his child to a man in Sadullapur to pay the clinic’s bill.
He declined to name the person who bought the baby.
Faridul Haque Sohel, the clinic’s owner, said he was unaware of the incident. He said the couple paid Tk 9,000 when they left the clinic.