Indian authorities have arrested a 47-year-old man who tried to sell his newborn grandson to a local businessman.
The two men reached the deal on Facebook, and the grandfather was apparently helped by two hospital employees who contacted the buyer and arranged the deal. They even agreed on a price, 45,000 rupees (roughly $830), but Indian cops swooped down and arrested the lot, reports news.co.au.
"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," said Satish Malhotra, a senior police officer in Ludhiana.
The baby has since been returned to her mother, who filed a complaint against her father. She also bought him a T-shit, inscribed “World’s Worst Grandfather, runner up” in Hindi, we were not told.
The three suspects have been charged with kidnapping and they could face up to seven years in prison if found guilty. The same cannot be said of the buyer, but then again Indian justice works much like justice in the west – rich people who can afford good representation can get out of anything.