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Sale of children by father

Hyderabad: Mohammad Aiyub, a resident of this city's Mumtaz colony went to Hyderabad Press Club to sell his children. His 5-year daughter was holding a placard on which was written 'Aulad barai farokht: Panch bachchian, do ladke' (children for sale, 5 daughters and 2 sons). On that occasion he told media persons that he was employed as security incharge at Vapade. In 2007 officers falsely accused him of theft in order to hide their own act of theft and got him sacked from service. From that time onwards he is jobless. He said that 'my children are hungry. I could not arrange even their clothes for Eid. We bring iftari from mosque to break fasts and I am indebted to the tune of Rs 3 lakhs'. He further said that he works on daily wages of Rs 150 and is unable to meet the expenses. Sometimes he gets the daily job and sometimes not. He said that he approached different ministers and went to offices of political parties also (for job) but could not get any help. He said 'I cannot see my children die of hunger and hence have brought them to sell'.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2009 on page no. 17

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