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Infant found abandoned, dead in Pulwama

Srinagar, Feb 18: In the backdrop of growing cases of baby abandonment in Kashmir, another baby girl was recovered lying dead near Tahab-Sadipora village of Pulwama district on Sunday.

An official at the Police Control Room of Pulwama Police Station told The Kashmir Monitor that they got to know about the minor girl at around 12:30 in the afternoon.

 

“Unfortunately, she was dead by the time we found her. The investigation is on and the police is trying its best to dig into the matter,” the official said adding they did not have any further details about the deceased child.

A statement by Pulwama Police was circulated on social media platforms along with the photo of the baby seen lying dead in a pink-blue dress at one shady corner. The deceased baby seemed at least a few months old.

“Pulwama police seeks help of general public in identification of dead body of minor girl which was recovered today on February 18 near Sadipora Tahab Pulwama,” the statement reads.

Just last month, three babies, two of them girls, were abandoned at the Lal Ded (LD) Hospital, out of which, one was severely bitten by dogs after getting thrown away in a polythene bag.

The trio was found in the nick of time and immediately given medical attention which eventually saved their lives.

Reports say that alone at LD and GB Pant hospitals, 16 babies have been abandoned in the last two years.

Overall in the region, reports say, that at least 17-20 cases of child abandonment were registered last year, with the majority of them being girls.

The babies are mostly abandoned in the hospital premises, or outside the shrines, however, the Pulwama case of the minor girl thrown away in a public place is among the rarest.