You might have heard of a quote that “A daughter is a gift of love”. Ironically, there are women and men out there who deny this fact. On 14th May 2018, a man was arrested for trying to sell his infant daughter hours after her birth. At the Civil hospital in Mohali, Dr. Jaideep Brar alerted the police after a father of three kids approached him on Monday night at 10 pm, saying he wanted to sell the child.
The name of the man was Jaspal Singh who was a resident of Ballomajra, Mohali. On the basis of doctor’s statement a case was registered against him, under section 317 (Exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years, by a parent or person having care of it) of the Indian Penal Code and section 75 (cruelty to child) and 81 (Sale and procurement of children for any purpose) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
Dr. Brar told the police that “Jaspal said his wife was ill and he needed money for her treatment so there was no option except selling the child. He said he was the father of a newborn male child, but handed over a female child that he was carrying in a polythene bag,”
Jaspal was financially unstable and was working as a loader in Kharar Mall. During his confession with police, Jaspal told that “We have two sons, one aged 10 and the other is 5 years old. So we could not afford a third child. That’s why my wife asked me to go and sell the newborn baby” Earlier, he spent few hours searching for someone to do his favor but no one helped him.
In this whole story, we can see the two phases of the coin that Gender Equality and women empowerment are only a few bookish concepts which are far beyond the truth. At the same time, our politicians are denying the fact that medical facilities provided in our country are not up to the mark.