Unable to repay loan, Rajasthan man pledges newborn with money-lender

Jaipur: A man pledged his newborn child with a money-lender for failing to repay a loan of Rs 20,000 in Tonk district of Rajasthan, officials said on Saturday.

The money-lender took the infant to the Child Welfare Committee which directed a children’s home to take care of it.

President of the Child Welfare Committee Maya Subalka told PTI that one Kalu Ram had taken a loan of Rs 20,000 from money-lender Balu Ram.

On April 11, Kalu Ram and his wife came to Balu Ram saying they were unable to repay his loan and pledged their newborn with him.

Balu Ram produced the infant before the bench of the Child Welfare Committee on the same day and narrated the entire incident.

The bench named the infant ‘Bardaan’ and sent him to the children’s home.

Subalka said the Child Welfare Committee has directed the SP as well as the local police to trace the parents of the child, who is now around six-month-old, but they have not met with any success.

The next hearing in the matter is on September 3.