By :Pradip Chakraborty
Agartala ( Tripura) : Can you imagine what hunger and poverty can do to a man. He can go to any extent to feed his stomach. And thats what exactly happened here when Karna DebBarma, a poverty stricken tribal sold his 8 month old baby girl to a person living in the state capital , Agartala.
Karna DebBarma of Baisnabi Para ADC village of North Maharan under Teliamura Sub Division of West Tripura village sold his 8 month old daughter as it was becoming very difficult to maintain and feed the baby .
Karna, a daily labourer already has 6 children.
He somehow maintains his huge family by selling vegetables and fire wood . But with addition of one more member in the family it was becoming difficult or rather impossible to maintain the family . So he took the bold step of selling his daughter
Despite being very poor and a tribal he has been denied a BPL card. Several times he went to ruling party MLA Manidra Das and urged him to issue a bpl card and to sanction a IAY house so that he could live in a house especially during the monsoon seasons . But the legislator rejected his request by saying that he will get IAY house and toilet in due course of time
But the right time is yet come for Karna.
Right now Karna with his family spends the cold nights in a bamboo hut in nearby village .
Former ADC chairman said that the area is dominated by the poverty stricken .It was very recently that another poverty stricken tribal sold his newly born daughter to a person for six thousand only.
Subrata Chakraborty, spokesperson ,BJP Tripura said that life in hilly areas is really tough for the poverty striken villagers." Despite tall claims by the ruling Left Front goverment there is no sign of any development in hilly areas of the state" ,he added.
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