What should have been a time of joy has become every parent’s worst nightmare for one couple.
On Aug. 24, Shiv Charan, 45, and his wife Babita, 36, gave birth to a boy, their sixth child, in Agra, India. Babita’s labor, performed via cesarean section, would have cost the couple some 30,000 Indian rupees, plus another 5,000 rupees for drug costs. In total, their bill was shaking out to approximately $480 — which, unfortunately, the couple did not have.
Now, the vulnerable couple, who cannot read or write, alleges that JP Hospital, in the Trans Yamuna section of Agra, manipulated them into selling their baby, possibly into adoption, for a price of one lakh (100,000 rupees), or about $1,370.
“We gave thumb impressions on all documents, as the hospital asked,” Shiv told the Times of India. “I didn’t get discharge papers, bills or any other papers.”
“We just needed some