Police arrested a woman who was raising a two year old boy illegally in the Kannankuda area in Vavunathivu along with two other women including the mother of the child.
The arrest was made following a tip off received from residents of the area, police media spokesman Ajith Rohana said. During investigations it was revealed that the boy was handed over to the suspect by his mother through another woman before she went abroad for employment.
But his mother and the woman, who was involved in the deal which was struck on November 30, were also taken into custody by the police. They were all produced before the Batticaloa Magistrate and were released each on a personal bail of Rs.100,000. The magistrate also ordered the mother and the two year old son to be admitted to the Batticaloa Hospital for a medical examination.
With the raid on an orphanage in Rawatawatta two weeks ago by the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), the police have stepped up investigations on such places where underage pregnant girls are looked after and taken care to ascertain weather they have violated terms of the Penal Code. (Supun Dias)