Hours after his birth in a dingy toilet, a baby boy was abandoned by his mother on the terrace in Jagadhri town on a rainy Monday morning.
The infant is struggling for survival at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
Exposed to the elements, the infant’s cries caught the attention of neighbours, and he was rushed to a local hospital in Yamunanagar district from where he was referred to PGIMER.
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The infant’s mother was traced to the civil hospital in Jagadhri, officials said on Tuesday. The matter came to light when the woman, who is a migrant from Bihar, was taken to the hospital and doctors found that she had given birth on Monday.
In the meantime, the local authorities were informed about baby by neighbours and the woman accepted that she had left the child on the roof after giving birth to him alone in the toilet.
Dr Anju Bajpai, the district coordinator of Childline, an NGO that operates a 24-hour helpline for children in distress, said that the young woman’s parents are migrant labourers, and she was visiting her maternal grandmother’s house on Sunday. “We went to the spot and were told that she had been frequently going to the toilet on Monday. She told her relatives that she had diarrhoea. Her parents say she is 19 years old, but we are investigating,” Dr Bajpai said.
Yamunanagar Childline has received at least eight such complaints in July alone where minor girls are found to be six-eight months pregnant without their parents knowing about their pregnancy.