Indian children honor the Hindu monkey god Hanuman with a dance in Amritsar, Punjab, Oct. 8, 2010.

3 Arrested After Facebook Baby Sale

Punjabi man allegedly stole, sold daughter's baby.

Indian children honor the Hindu monkey god Hanuman with a dance in Amritsar, Punjab, Oct. 8, 2010.
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Feroz Khan, 47, and two hospital employees were arrested by police in northern India this week for allegedly kidnapping and selling Khan's newborn grandson.

Police say Khan told the baby's 20-year-old mother, whose husband deserted her, that the baby was delivered stillborn. She reportedly filed the initial police complaint against her father.

The baby was sold three times, according to The Hindu. The Times of India, however, reports that the grandfather was involved in the ultimate Facebook sale to a Delhi businessman.

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The Hindu, citing police interviews given to TV station NDTV, reports that the grandfather sold the baby to a nurse for 45,000 rupees ($831), who sold the baby to a hospital lab assistant for 300,000 rupees ($5,542), who then advertised the baby on Facebook and sold it to a Delhi businessman for 800,000 rupees ($14,778).

Police told AFP that the baby, born earlier this month in Ludhiana, Punjab, was returned to his mother. The businessman who allegedly bought the child is being questioned.

Satish Malhotra, a police officer in Ludhiana, told AFP, "All three people who conspired to sell the child have been arrested and we will be interrogating the businessman who paid the money to buy the baby."

Punjab, the Indian state where the alleged crime took place, has one of the highest sex imbalances in India and boys are highly desired. The greater prevalence of baby boys is widely attributed to sex-selective abortions and infanticide.

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