By Mirembe Martina
An Indian baby girl was found buried alive in a forest.
The girl was just a day old when she was found in the forest but later died from her injuries.
She was wrapped in a cloth and half buried under earth and gravel last week, in Mandleshwar forest, outside the city of Indore in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. After being found, she was rushed to a local government hospital when bleeding from her nose and mouth but a day later from her injuries.
There is a female foeticide and infanticide crisis that is sweeping India and the girl was one of the latest victims. According to Officer B Yadav, from Indore Police, the girl’s family might have abandoned her and left her to die. “We believe family or a close relative had left the baby girl to die. We are checking hospital records and recent births and we’re investigating the case but so far we have no leads. As it stands the apparent motive is female foeticide and we have registered the case,” he said.
The girl was found on June 29th, by locals Radheshyam Kevat and Jagdish Mangilal, who were working in the area and heard the baby’s cries. “We heard howling and we thought it was some animal but then we realised it sounded like a baby so we went to check. We were so shocked to see a baby moving, it was pretty devastating and we quickly informed the police. It’s amazing the baby survived as the area is crawling with wild hungry animals,” narrated 32-year-old Jagdish Mangilal.
Families in India prefer having baby boys to girls. A UNICEF report in 2006 revealed that 10 million girls were killed – either before they were born or immediately after – by their parents from 1986 in India.