Abortions were legalised in India in April 1972 with a view to control the ever rising population and most importantly to bring down infant mortality rate among the poor masses where girls were married at the young age of 14 and gave birth to a number of children some of whom died of malnutrition. Today more than 40 years later we hear of adoptions and in this process those vulnerable unwed mothers are persuaded to sell their unborn child or sometimes are tricked by the people who run these nursing homes by saying lost the baby at birth and are given dead babies. In reality these babies are sold at high prices.
BBC showed on 8th December 2016 how the child trafficking goes in a nursing home in Kolkota where police busted a racket of child traffickers and 13 babies were brought out from a mental hospital in a surburb in Kolkotta and 20 people have been arrested. According to the police these babies were kept on the floor on a plain bed sheet, some of whom had bed sores, coughs and all were under nourished. West Bengal Child Rights Commission is now working with the police.
A spokesperson for the Commission said it is over two decades and at least a hundred babies are born every year and it is not unique and confined to Kolkota only. Similar child trafficking is going on across India which is a huge issue for child protection for the Government in India. According to informed sources only 3011 legal adoptions were carried in the last financial year in India. But the figure could be much higher as unlicensed nursing homes are on the rise and over 12000 would-be parents are on adoption waiting list and fair skinned boys fetch very high prices.
India has long been plagued with rapes and thousands of rapes have taken place and hundreds of young and middle aged women have been killed. Rapes are increasing since the last 3 years and prevailing laws to tackle rapes and rapists have not yielded results though laws have been amended by a Presidential decree in 2013 and now with this scandal of child trafficking which has been described as utterly shocking by the BBC, India’s standing in the world is bound to hit a new low unless some tough laws are enacted to deal with peddlers of child trafficking and dealing firmly with rapists.