Driven by poverty, a woman of Bihar's Samastipur district sold her 18-month-old son to another woman to pay off a debt of Rs 15,000, police said today.
The impoverished woman Parvati of Chandchaur village allegedly sold off her son to Bini Devi yesterday in Chiranjivipur in Begusarai district.
The residents of Chiranjivipur village came to know about the boy and informed the local police who intimated their counterparts at Ujiarpur police station where a complaint was lodged, they said.
During investigation it was found that Parvati had sold off her son to return Rs 15,000 that she had taken from a person.
A police team from Ujiarpur police station later recovered the boy from the woman who had bought him and handed him over to his biological mother.
Samastipur District Magistrate Kundan Kumar said he had heard about the incident, but was yet to receive a written complaint in this regard.
The district administration has not received any request from the woman for financial assistance, he said.