Hyderabad: A mother, whose two-and-half-year-old daughter had gone missing from a baby care centre eight months ago, was united with her baby on Tuesday on the orders of the Telangana High Court.
Strangely, the Kukatpally police, who had not been able to trace the child for eight months, managed to rescue the child and produce her before the court within just a few days of receiving a notice from the Telangana High Court,
In the petition before Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice T. Amarnath Goud, the petitioner, Shavanarsha Reddy, the single parent of the baby girl, alleged that her baby was sold to some persons by the baby care centre, where she had kept her baby until she completed her studies.
In the sworn affidavit submitted before the court, the petitioner submitted that the caretaker of the centre sold her baby to private persons and then tried to fool her by stating that she had never admitted the baby at the centre.
She also stated that the police had not responded to her complaint and did not lodge an FIR against the caretakers, who had the support of the local MLA.
The court expressed its anger at the police for not registering a case for almost four months after the child’s mother lodged the complaint, and expressed its doubt that the police are hand-in-glove with the baby care centre which sold the child.
Y. Jhansi, counsel for the petitioner, submitted that the police had not registered the FIR when the petitioner approached them in August 2018, and did nothing even after the case was registered in January 2019.
Only after the petitioner approached the Cyberabad police commissioner to lodge the case did they act.
Manoj, the assistant government pleader, submitted that the petitioner had approached the Begumpet police station in 2018, and only later came to the Cyberabad police, where the incident took place. He submitted that the information provided by the petitioner was contrary.
While considering the contentions, the court directed that the baby be handed over to her mother forthwith and asked the police to file a final report before the concerned court against the alleged accused....