Three, including a mother arrested for tricking teenagers into selling their eggs in TN

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Following a complaint from some of the girl’s close relatives, her mother, the woman’s partner and another woman were arrested on Thursday.

Three people, including two women, arrested for forcing an underage girl to donate her eggs eight times at a private fertility clinic in Erode have been found under various sections of India’s Penal Code (IPC) along with protecting children from sexual acts charged Offensive (POCSO) Act on Friday 3 June. Based on a complaint from some of the girl’s close relatives, police said her mother, the woman’s partner and another woman were arrested on Thursday.

According to DTNext, the girl’s mother had separated from her husband and lived with her partner, a painter in Erode, since the victim was three years old. According to reports, her mother regularly sold the girl’s eggs.

The first phase of the investigation revealed that the egg sale took place without the victim’s permission and that her mother’s partner had allegedly sexually abused the girl. The couple received Rs 20,000 for each egg and Rs 5,000 as a brokerage fee.

According to Polimer News, the victim’s mother forced her to sell the eggs after she hit puberty at the age of 12. She is said to have sold the ova eight times in the past four years after her mother convinced her and forged her Aadhaar card with a false name, age and marital status.

They have sold up to 8 eggs to private hospitals in Dharmapuri, Hosur, Erode and Salem and a private fertility center. The girl was threatened by her mother and her mother’s partner that she would be killed if she spoke out or revealed any information about the egg sale. However, last week she left her home and updated her loved ones on the situation and the trauma she was undergoing. The three accused were subsequently arrested on June 2nd.

The police are questioning the accused for further details as to whether other people are involved in the crime. Police have also arrested a local person named Surampatti John for creating a fake Aadhaar map.

TNM attempted to reach Erode South Police Station for more details on the case, but has yet to receive a response.

With PTI inputs

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