The baby was just one day old when she was found 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.
She was rushed to a local government hospital with heavy bleeding from her nose and mouth but tragically died the following day from her injuries.
Police retrieve the newborn baby girl which was found buried alive in an Indian forest in a suspected case of female foeticide. The baby girl, who was just one day old, was still alive when she was found half-buried in the forest, but died of her injuries two days later in hospital
A policeman carries the baby girl from the forest where she was found. She was taken to a local government hospital where doctors battled to save her life. Police believe the baby was abandoned in yet another tragic case of the controversial female foeticide and infanticide crisis that is sweeping India. Officer B Yadav, from Indore Police, said it is suspected the girl’s family had abandoned her and left her to die.
He said: ‘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.’
The baby 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.
Jagdish Mangilal, 32, who works as a local tree planter, said: ‘We heard howling and we thought it was some animal but then we realised it sounded like a baby so we went to check.
The infant is put in an incubator at the local government hospital. She died the day after she was brought into hospital
Female Foeticide is rife in India, as many families prefer having baby boys to girls
Female Foeticide is rife in India, as many families want baby boys to girls
‘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.’
Female Foeticide is rife in India, as many families prefer having baby boys to girls. It’s a nation wide crisis and recent figures have estimated that there are now 750 females to every 1000 males in the country.
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.
Last year, the medical journal Lancet stated that 500,000 girls in India were being lost annually through sex-selective abortions.