A newborn baby girl who was found horrifically buried alive in an Indian forest has died of her injuries.
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 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.
‘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.
‘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.
source: dailymail UK