Karachi: Stolen baby reunited with parents
KARACHI: The Anti-violent Crime Unit of the police recovered on Wednesday a newborn girl, who was kidnapped from a New Karachi hospital minutes after her birth on Monday, police said. They said the AVCU, which investigated the case, tracked down the suspected couple and recovered the newborn victim from a house in Liaquatabad.
The daughter of Mohammed Shahid was kidnapped on Monday morning after she was born in a government facility in New Karachi, and a midwife, Sadiqa, wife of Zakir Hussain, was booked and arrested on the complaint of the newborn’s father.
During preliminary interrogation, the suspect broke down and confessed to having kidnapped the child. She disclosed that she had sold the newborn to Mehwish for Rs40,000. DSP Amir Hameed of the AVCU told Dawn that the investigators questioned the suspected midwife, who was remanded in police custody by a judicial magistrate. “Suspect Sadiqa gave a lead to Mehwish, who had purchased the baby from her,” he added.
He said the police tracked down Mehwish’s husband, who initially told police that his wife had given birth to a girl. The DSP said Isfahan Shamim had married Mehwish one-and-a-half years ago, but they remained childless as the woman was not capable of conception.
He said the AVCU first picked up a nurse, Sarafeen Abdullah, who was an acquaintance of Mehwish’s. “Sarafeen told us that Mehwish desperately wanted a baby as she had been pretending to be pregnant to deceive her mother-in-law,” he said.
The DSP said Mehwish told Sarafeen that her matrimony would be at stake if a baby was not arranged. He said Mehwish herself reached the hospital to take away the newborn. He said a sanitary worker, Marium, nurse Sarafeen, Sadiqa and Mehwish were booked and arrested for the kidnapping of the newborn. Later, the recovered baby was handed over to her family at the same hospital where she was kidnapped.