Cops give money to man, stop him from sell­ing son

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­

Luc­know: A poor hus­band struck a deal with a child­less cou­ple to sell his one-yearold son to save life of his se­ri­ously ill preg­nant wife in Kan­nauj dis­trict of Ut­tar Pradesh. How­ever, when the po­lice came to know about the in­ci­dent they stopped the poor man from sell­ing his son and ar­ranged the money for his wife’s treat­ment from their pocket.

Arvind Ban­jara, a res­i­dent of Barethi Dara­pur vil­lage in Kan­nauj, had ad­mit­ted his preg­nant wife Sukhdevi at Dis­trict Hospi­tal when she de­vel­oped com­pli­ca­tions. Doc­tors asked him to ar­range Rs 25,000 as she was suf­fer­ing from acute ane­mia and mul­ti­ple in­fec­tions.

Fa­ther of a four-year-old daugh­ter Roshni and oneyear-old son Jaanu, poor Arvind then de­cided to sell off his son Jaanu to save his wife’s life. At the med­i­cal col­lege gate, he met a man who agreed to buy his son for Rs 25,000 but Arvind de­manded Rs 30,000.

Af­ter lit­tle ar­gu­ment, the buyer fi­nally okayed the deal and went home to con­sult his child­less wife. A few hospi­tal em­ploy­ees over­heard when their talks and in­formed the po­lice in the med­i­cal col­lege.

Bri­jen­dra Ku­mar, the SHO, rushed to med­i­cal col­lege and ques­tioned Arvind about sell­ing his son. When Arvind told the SHO that he has no money to save his wife, the SHO of­fered him fi­nan­cial help with a con­di­tion that he will never sell his son or he would be ar­rested by the po­lice.

The SHO met the se­nior doc­tors and re­quested them to go ahead with his wife treat­ment af­ter giv­ing them Rs 5,000 ad­vance from his own pocket. Later, he asked his col­leagues to pool in what­ever they have and ar­ranged the en­tire amount for sav­ing life of Arvind’s wife. Arvind was in tears when the SHO in­formed him that money for the treat­ment of his wife has been ar­ranged by them. “Sa­heb you have saved not her life but my fu­ture also by mak­ing me not to sell my son. She would have died any­way hear­ing that our son has been sold off to save her,” he thanked the SHO in the pres­ence of doc­tors. The SHO’s benev­o­lence has be­come now be­come the talk of the town in Kan­nauj. Newly-joined SP AP Singh has lauded his pos­i­tive ap­proach.

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