A poor couple in the remote areas of the Dhalia district sell their daughter for their livelihood as the couple was unable to bear the expenses of three people in the house. The couple belongs to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) group.
According to the media the girl child was sold in just Rs. 650. The two-year old girl child was handed-over by her parents Harita Tripua (mother) and Charan Tripura (step father) to one Rita Chakma on September 18.
Expressing grave concern over the incident, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Sudip Roy Barman said that the tribal sections are living mainly in the interior areas and are dying due to lack of food, and added that these incidents are hardly flashed by the media as the government cover them up.
Barman said that there was an incident in Gandacherra area day before yesterday where a child was sold, adding a child was sold by the parents earlier in Kamalpur area in the same district.
Barman said, "A child was sold by the parents to earn their livelihood and this is a sorry state of affairs. Though the parents have been arrested, the kid hasn't yet been recovered. The people are dying because of poverty. This government is in such a callous mood that they are least bothered rather they are busy trying to suppress these facts and figures."
Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) Gandachera Bhaskar Das Gupta said, "The child was handed-over with mutual consent and on humanitarian ground for education purpose."
The SDM had met the tribal couple along with Jhutan Jamatia, the officer-in-charge of local police station, and inquired about the incident.
He added that the child was traced and recovered from Abhoynagar area of Agartala, around 180 km from the village and handed over to her parents.