Sale of baby girls, Banjaras seek CBI probe
BANGALORE, June 2 (DHNS)
All India Banjara Seva Sangh today demanded a CBI probe into the sale of female babies from Banjara (Lambani) community, located in the border areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, in foreign countries to get at the bottom of the racket.
AIBSS President Dr Shankar Naik, releasing the findings of the Fact-Finding Committee which visited Tandas in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in May, said the committee found that the child trafficking was carried out for over 10 years under the nose of government officials in both the states. Hundreds of trafficking cases have taken place and the officials have turned blind eye to this deplorable act, said Mr Naik.
Dr Naik who was also headed the committee, said it was necessary to hand over the case to CBI and Interpol to find out the facts on how and where the Lambani babies are sold in international market.
Pointing out that abject poverty forced Lambanis to sell their babies, Dr Naik said the committee had suggested development programmes and packages including providing of land, schooling, health and other facilities to Lambanis. He said the committee recommended conversion of all Tandas into revenue villages so that government development programmes could reach them.
Dr Naik said a copy of report of the Committee to AP Chief Minister who has deputed a senior IAS officer to look into the matter.