Baby re­mains found as il­le­gal adop­tion probe wi­dens in In­dia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PO­LICE have re­cov­ered the re­mains of five new­borns and res­cued 10 more ba­bies in eastern In­dia af­ter au­thor­i­ties busted an il­le­gal adop­tion racket this month, spark­ing a mas­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Eigh­teen peo­ple have been ar­rested since last week af­ter po­lice res­cued three stolen in­fants, who were be­ing smug­gled in card­board boxes from a clinic north of Kolkata, the cap­i­tal of West Ben­gal.

Po­lice, who have been car­ry­ing out raids in and around the city, sus­pect the gang traf­ficked 45 new­borns in two years and clin­ics were paid 200,000 ru­pees (US$2900) for a boy and half that for a girl.

State child wel­fare min­is­ter Sashi Panja said au­thor­i­ties were now in­ves­ti­gat­ing hun­dreds of pri­vate clin­ics.

Ra­jesh Ku­mar, a top in­ves­ti­ga­tor from the state po­lice, said of­fi­cers ex­humed two new­born skele­tons and three skulls from the premises of an adop­tion cen­tre run by a char­ity on Novem­ber 27.

On the same day, 10 baby girls were found at an old folks home in the south­ern part of the cap­i­tal.

He said the traf­fick­ers were un­able to sell the ba­bies – aged be­tween one and 10 months – be­cause of the low de­mand for girls in In­dia. The ba­bies are now in hospi­tal un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

Po­lice sus­pect an over­seas link with the racket af­ter around US$3200 and eu­ros were re­cov­ered from the gang and it was sus­pected that a baby was sold into the US.

Par­ents of one of the stolen baby girls re­cov­ered last week, who were re­united with her, said the clinic told them she was still­born.

Po­lice res­cued the girl as she was be­ing taken from the clinic in a bis­cuit pack­ag­ing box. The plan was to hand her over to a char­ity, which would have passed her to an agent work­ing for prospec­tive par­ents.

Ex­perts say cou­ples want­ing to legally adopt in In­dia are of­ten frus­trated by lengthy bu­reau­cratic de­lays and com­plex rules, push­ing them to­wards the thriv­ing il­le­gal adop­tion mar­ket.

Des­per­ately poor par­ents also some­times sell their chil­dren, while oth­ers are kid­napped by traf­fick­ers, ex­perts say. – A GER­MAN work­ing in in­tel­li­gence has been ex­posed as “a sus­pect Is­lamist”, Germany’s do­mes­tic se­cu­rity agency said, fol­low­ing re­ports he was plan­ning an at­tack on the agency’s head­quar­ters.

“The Of­fice for the Pro­tec­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion (BfV) has man­aged to ex­pose a sus­pected Is­lamist among its as­so­ci­ates,” the agency said, con­firm­ing lo­cal me­dia re­ports.

The 51-year-old Ger­man, who was ar­rested for shar­ing “sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion” on­line, is be­lieved to have been plan­ning a bomb­ing at the BfV head­quar­ters in Cologne.

The BfV said the un­named 51-yearold had “made Is­lamist re­marks on­line un­der a false name, and had of­fered in­ter­nal in­for­ma­tion dur­ing on­line chats”. News­pa­pers said he had con­verted to Is­lam in 2014.

Mar­ried with chil­dren, he was em­ployed at a bank and had, since April, also been do­ing some work for the agency gath­er­ing in­tel­li­gence on the Is­lamist scene in Germany.

News­pa­pers said the sus­pect had ad­mit­ted to the al­le­ga­tions by mak­ing ref­er­ences to bomb at­tacks car­ried out “in the name of Al­lah”. –

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