A 2-hour-old newborn baby girl was found nearly eaten alive in a rubbish bin in Bhopal, India. Ahmed Kahn, a 32-year-old school security guard, found the naked child and covered in ants near Deepshikha school, where he works.
The Mirror reports Ahmed told authorities about his shocking discovery.
“I heard the sound of a baby crying but at first thought it was some kids messing around. But as it continued I realized it was coming from a bin across the road and when I went over I saw this blood red body of a baby covered in ants. It was truly horrifying. The baby was waving its arms and legs around to get away from the pain from the bites because it was covered in ants. They were crawling all over her and eating her alive. I immediately pulled her out, beat off the ants and called an ambulance.”
After reviewing CCTV area footage, police tracked down the nearly eaten alive newborn’s mother. The video showed the hooded woman dumping the naked newborn in the trash bin.
“The woman is from the city of Chindwada but moved here last year and was living with her sister. She became pregnant with a man who slept with her on the pretext of getting married, but then disappeared. Overcome with guilt and shame she disposed of the newborn baby to avoid humiliation and social stigma,” a police spokesperson explained.
The woman was arrested, and could be charged with endangering the life of a child.
A hospital spokesperson spoke about the eaten alive baby girl’s condition.
“She was about two-hours-old and was in a very bad way. We are keeping her under constant observation.”
A senior police official in Bhopal, Srinivas Verma, said the following to BBC News.
“We have registered a complaint and once the mother is better, we will interrogate her.”
The infant’s mother is being treated in a nearby hospital.
Earlier this month, another infant was found in the bushes in the city. The practice of aborting female fetuses, known as female feticide and infanticide, have led to millions of missing girls in India. According to the most recent census figures released in 2011, there are only 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of 7 in India.
According to the government’s annual health survey, there are 916 girls for 1,000 boys in Bhopal.
Nevertheless, most people believe there’s no rhyme, reason, or justification for dumping a newborn child in a rubbish bin to be eaten alive.
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