Even before the Mysureans could recover from the child sale racket news that sent shock waves across the city, a fresh incident involving a mother has saddened many.
Mangala, a resident of Bidarahalli sold her nine-year-old daughter Niharika to Muthanna of Bhimanahalli village and her six-year-old daughter Sagarika to Mahendra of Kailaspura village.
It is gathered that both Muthanna and Mahendra are childless and hence took custody of Mangala’s children. On suspicion, villagers complained to one Jaheela at Child Care Centre which brought the incident to light.
Jaheela accompanied by Prabhu Gurudevaradhya from Child Helpline succeeded in rescuing the children with police assistance.
Reportedly, Mangala took the decision to sell her daughters after her husband, a native of Andhra Pradesh deserted her. Unable to nurture the little daughters due to poverty, Mangala sought help from her friend Jayalaskhmi and sold them to prospective buyers at very low prices. At the time of handing over her daughters, she had requested the buyers to provide adequate care to little girls, it is learnt.
Additional Commissioner of Police Kala Krishnamurthy, Assistant Superintendent of Police Harish Pandey and Circle Inspector Harish have intensified investigations by including the case in special category.
Child Welfare Committee too is probing into the case on its own.