Tamil Nadu police unearth a web of suspects who were ‘buying’ and ‘selling’ children in Rasipuram
In a press release issued on Friday, May 10, 2019, the elite CBCID (Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department) of the Tamil Nadu police, said that 30 children had been bought and sold by a gang operating in Rasipuram, Namakkal district. Of these, 24 are girls and 6 are boys.
The case came to light when eight persons were arrested by the Rasipuram police on April 25, 2019. Of these, the key suspects are Amuthavalli, ambulance driver Murugesan and three brokers Parvin, Haseena and Arulsamy.
All eight were charged under IPC sections 370 (2) & (4) (human trafficking); 420 (cheating); 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 109 (abetment). They have also been charged with Sections 80 and 81 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act of 2015, which prescribe punishment for sale of children.
The CBCID press note said that based upon the confession of Amuthavalli, who is in police custody, an Omni car used to kidnap children had been recovered. The note also stated that based on the confession of Arulsamy, a sum of Rs 1 lakh had been recovered from his residence, which is believed to be from the proceeds of sale of children.
On 10 May, the CBCID also arrested Santhi, another broker who played a vital role in this case. She was nabbed based on the information given by the other accused.
The CBCID further stated that a probe is underway into finding the birth parents of the children as well as those who bought them.