Police have busted an alleged 'baby farm' operated from a private hospital in India, selling and swapping 'unwanted' new-borns for Rs 1 lakh each,about $1,000
Babies born out of rape or illicit relationships were being delivered at this hospital and sold for adoption. Two new-borns have been rescued from the 30-bed Palash Hospital in Gwalior's Murar area, Times of India reports.
An investigating officer said:
"When a girl or her parents approached them for termination of pregnancies, doctors at this hospital used to convince them assuring a safe and secret delivery. Once baby is delivered and mother gets discharged, hospital authorities start hunting for gullible couples who could buy them,"
In one of the cases, the accused have also swapped a new born girl with boy. "A Gwalior based couple had two boys. They swapped one of their boys with a girl at this hospital," said the officer. Five people including the hospitals director TK Gupta, manager and parents who bought babies from this hospital have been booked.