New Delhi: A 40-year-old woman identified as Kavita was arrested on Sunday from Delhi for allegedly running children selling racket. The woman apparently sold babies to childless couples at price ranging from Rs 2 Lakh to Rs 5 Lakh.

As of now, a court has sent the woman to a police remand. After the arrest, two babies were also recovered from her custody.

The Delhi police got to know about the racket when they met one of the accused last month. The accused posed as a childless couple. After the arrest was made, four children were also rescued from him subsequently.

One of the four children died at the hospital later. It was later revealed that the baby belonged to a minor girl who had become pregnant after being allegedly raped in outer Delhi, police said. More arrests were made but Kavita was on the run. She was finally arrested after she came to her house in south Delhi, they said.

It must be noted that minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi in July ordered all the states to inspect the child care homes run by the Missionaries of Charity, all over the country, in view of the recent child-selling scandal reported from a Mother Teresa institution in Jharkhand’s Ranchi. “Taking cognisance of the recent cases of illegal adoptions carried out by Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhand, Maneka Gandhi has instructed the states to get childcare homes run by Missionaries of Charity all over the country inspected immediately,” the ministry said in the statement.

The Jharkhand police on July 5 arrested a nun and a staff member on the charges of selling a baby for Rs 1 lakh alleged by a Ranchi unit of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). As per the FIR, a baby, born to a pregnant girl staying in the Charity Home, was sold to a childless couple from Uttar Pradesh.