This week Indian news media reported that a baby girl who was buried alive by her parents survived after being rescued by a concerned stranger. According to LifeNews.com, the child was discovered on Saturday in the Jajpur district of Odisha, India.
The good Samaritan who found the baby girl says he saw her feet moving above the ground.
“The baby was buried upside down. She was wrapped in a cloth. We found two small feet above the ground and believed that the baby was alive,” Alok Ranjan Rout, the man who rescued her, told The Indian Express.
After realizing what had happened, the Rout immediately took the infant to a nearby hospital. The child’s umbilical cord still was attached, LifeNews.com reported.
It is believed that the little girl was left for dead because of her sex, given the astronomical rate of abortion and infanticide rates among female babies in India.
“Experts estimate millions of girls are missing in India due to sex-selection abortions and infanticide. Culturally, girls often are viewed as financial burdens because of dowries and other practices.”
Amid this grim practice that has become so widespread, there are those committed to putting a stop to such evil. For example, in 2016, the BBC shared the story of Indian doctor Ganesh Rakh, who delivers baby girls free of charge.
Dr. Rakh began this practice after reviewing 2011 census data, which informed the father-of-one (his beloved daughter) of how dire India’s situation was. Since he launched his “Mulgi Vachva Abhiyan” (“campaign to save the girl child”) in 2012, nearly 500 girls have been born in his hospital, without any cost to the parents.
Individuals like Dr. Rakh and Alok Ranjan Rout provide a glimmer of hope for a country plagued by this grave moral ill.
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