Srinagar: An abandoned new born girl was found dead in Rajbagh area of Srinagar on Monday. The spot where the body was found, is across the road from the maternity hospital Lal Ded.
According to Ayaz Rasool, SHO Rajbagh, the newborn girl was already dead by the time police had gotten to know about it.
“We received a call from the Police Control Room today morning. She was already dead,” said Rasool detailing that she was found in a small carton near the Town square crossing in Rajbagh. He also says that the newborn “must have been left on the spot last night” and was found on Monday morning.
“An FIR No. 9/2019 has been registered and we will fulfil other legal formalities,” he says.
This is not the first time when babies have been abandoned in the valley.
In one instance in 2015, a dead newborn was carried to Press Enclave by a dog. Last year, a newborn baby was found abandoned near Bahuddin Ganj Baksh Park at Nowhatta locality.
New born babies have been left abandoned in hospitals too. Three abandoned neonates, two among them females, were taken into custody by Lal Ded hospital. Also, two more new-borns, both females were abandoned inside the hospital.
There are more heart-wrenching cases of abandoned babies already existent in the valley.
In some instances, they have been left on roadsides, dumped in the backyard of the hospitals or wrapped in polythene bags. The investigations have not revealed any details about parents of these newborns till date.
However, Rasool says, “the investigation has begun. We will do our best.”
Recently, Manzoor Ahmed Bonyari, a resident of Shopian district of south Kashmir, tried to bury his baby alive but was caught red-handed by the locals.
He had claimed that he didn’t have money to take of the condition of the baby. The baby was born a few days ago in LD Hospital and is suffering from a tumor.
Secretary Social Welfare Department Dr Farooq Lone had said the government will take care of the child.