Hyderabad: Police rescued a four-month-old baby who was sold by his parents for Rs one Lakh at Nacharam on Friday.

Police have registered a case against Meena and Venkatesh who sold their child fearing they would not be able to raise him given their precarious financial position.

Police also booked the couple who bought the child, and Janaki, a sanitation worker in GHMC, who brokered the deal.

The baby was handed over to the child welfare department.

Police said Meena and Venkatesh had been married for around three years. Meena had delivered two girl children in the past, but they died at a very early stage due to health complications.

When she became pregnant again in 2019, the couple feared that it would be a girl child again and they would not be able to raise her due to financial problems.

In early this year, the couple through Janaki entered into an agreement with Rajeshwar, an outsourcing employee in GHMC, and his wife Nageeni and agreed to give away the child immediately after the delivery for Rs one lakh.

Meena delivered a male child in June 2020. As per the agreement, the baby was handed over to Rajeswhar and Nageeni.

Police also found that Meena had posed as Nageeni during the delivery at ESI Hospital married for around three yearsin Nacharam.

However, a few days later, Meena and Venkatesh wished to take back their child and approached Janaki, and Rajeshwar, and Nageeni. The couple alleged that they were forced to sign on blank paper and given Rs 40,000.

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