“Beti Bachao” is Becoming a Cry for Help: Newborn Girl Found Stuffed Inside Gunny Bags


“Beti Bachao” is Becoming a Cry for Help: Newborn Girl Found Stuffed Inside Gunny Bags

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

For India’s daughters, the horrors begin right at birth. In yet another shocking incident reported from Uttar Pradesh, a baby girl was found stuffed inside three gunny bags on a roadside in Partapur, Shatabdi Nagar, Meerut.

The newborn was reportedly first noticed when passersby heard loud, pitiful wails. To their horror, bundled in layers of sacks was an infant allegedly abandoned by her parents to die out in the cold on the street. With the police’s intervention, the baby was immediately given medical care and rushed to the district’s women’s hospital.

A gut-wrenching video shows locals take out the gunny sacks one by one to reveal the tearful baby. A woman can be heard saying, “What kind of parents can do such a thing.”

Speaking about the baby’s health, who is currently being treated in Pyarelal Hospital, police officer Akhilesh Narayan, SP City told NDTV that she was fine and being monitored. “Doctors say she is a premature baby but healthy. All SOPs are being followed,” he stated.

At present, the investigation is underway as the officials are now on the outlook for the parents.

“When they brought the baby, she was in very bad shape, her placenta was attached to her body and there was a rotting smell. We sent her to the newborn care unit. She is in a much better condition,” informed Manisha Agarwal, the doctor in charge at the hospital.

Ranked the worst for women’s safety by the National Crime Records Bureau, Uttar Pradesh is every woman and girl child’s nightmare. While the cause for the abandonment remains unknown, one can deduce that perhaps if this was a male child the outcome would’ve been far different.

However, is any state really safe for the women in India?

India has a poor record when it comes to protecting the girl child. The UN State of World Population report for 2020 shows that India accounts for 45.8 million of the world’s 142.6 million “missing females” — girls who went missing at birth — over the past 50 years.

To make India safe for its women, we need a lot more than a “selfie with daughter” initiative.