Tamil Nadu: Dad, four others arrested for selling baby for Rs 1.8 lakh in Tirunelveli

MADURAI: Five people, including the father of a newborn girl, were arrested by the police for selling her for illegal adoption for Rs 1.8 lakh. The girl is the fifth son of J Yesuirudhayaraj, 38, a daily wage worker from the village of Arumugapatti in Vikramasingapuram, and Pushpalatha, 35.

Investigations by the police and the district child protection unit (DCPU) revealed that Yesuirudhayaraj had previously married another woman with whom he has two children. After separating from her, he married Pushpalatha about 14 years ago. They have three children, including two 13 and 9 year old girls and a 6 year old boy, until the birth of twins on November 3. The twins, a boy and a girl, were born in the hospital of the medical school of the government of Tirunelveli. Investigations revealed that on Monday Yesuirudhayaraj sold the newborn girl to T Thangadurai, 45, a daily salaried worker for Anna Nagar in Alangulam in the Tirunelveli district who longed for a child for more than 10 years.

Yesuirudhayaraj obtained Rs 1.2 lakh including a gold chain, while three intermediaries - Selvam, Nellaiappar and Kannan - received Rs 60,000. Police said neither Pushpalatha nor Thangadurai's wife were aware of the sale. On Wednesday morning, the incident surfaced and the news reached the Vikramasingapuram police and DCPU personnel who rushed to the place where it was carried out and recovered the. Police arrested Yesuirudhayaraj, Thangadurai, Selvam, Nellaiappar and Kannan and recovered Rs 42,000 in cash and a gold chain worth Rs 35,000.

They were reserved under sections 363 (punishment for kidnapping), 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 420 (deceit and dishonestly inducing the delivery of goods) and 147 (punishment for disturbances) of the Indian Criminal Code and 80 and 81 of The Juvenile Justice Law (Care and protection of children), according to which illegal adoption is punishable by five years in prison and also attracts a fine of Rs 1 lakh. The baby received first aid and was given to Vidiyal, an adoption agency in Alangulam, for temporary custody. It will occur before the district child welfare committee on Thursday, when a decision will be made regarding giving it to your mother or a home for temporary custody.