A daily wager couple in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore sold their 12-year-old daughter to a 46-year-old man reportedly to fund the treatment of their eldest daughter (16) suffering from a respiratory illness, reports Ujwal Bommakanti. The man, Chinna Subbaiah, married the girl on Wednesday. A day later, she was rescued by women and child welfare department officials and shifted to a district childcare centre where she is being counselled.
The Kottur-based couple were approached by Subbaiah, their neighbour, who is said to have bargained and struck the ‘deal’ for Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 25,000 initially demanded by them.
Police said Subbaiah’s wife had left him following marital discord. He is said to have made offers to the family in the past too, seeking to marry their second daughter.
After ‘buying’ her, he married the girl and brought her to his relatives’ house in Dampur on Wednesday night. Neighbours heard the child screaming and crying. “They (neighbours) went to the house of Subbaiah’s relatives to inquire what was happening. They then approached the local sarpanch, who contacted us,” said an intergrated child development services official.
Police have registered a case against Subbaiah and are interrogating him.