CHENNAI: A couple approached the Chennai suburban police on Friday saying that their six-year-old daughter, who had been declared dead at a hospital in Coimbatore, was actually alive and was being illegally kept by a couple in Pozhichalur.
Parveen Banu and Mohammed Usman said they had recently got a favourable order from a court which even pulled up Sheela Nursing Home in Coimbatore for giving the child to an adoption centre after telling the parents it was dead. However, the Pozichalur couple did not return the child, Banu and Usman told the suburban police.
According to the police, Parveen Banu of Uppilipalayam in 2005 gave birth to a girl at Sheela Nursing Home and named her Ruksana. She and her husband were told the child had developed complications and needed treatment. Later Banu too suffered complications and was moved to another hospital while her daughter remained in the nursing home.
After some days, the couple approached the hospital and were told that their daughter had died of kidney failure but they weren't given her body. Later, they alleged, the hospital became involved in an adoption racket and sold the child to a couple.
Members of the Child Welfare Committee in Chennai who were investigating the case had been furnished the wrong address by the nursing home but later traced the address to Pozhichalur were the child was being brought up by Thirunavukarasu and Jemima D'Silva. When questioned, the couple said they had got the child through legal means and were not willing to part with her.
The suburban police have formed a special team probe the allegations. No arrests have been made so far. Four such cases are currently being investigated of which the CWC has managed to track two children, including Ruksana, sorces said.