The body of a male toddler was found in a dustbin at the New Delhi railway station on Thursday evening, police have said.
Bhairon Singh Gurjar, additional DCP (railways), said the body of a one-and-a-half-year-old boy was found in a bin in the ladies waiting room on platform No. 1.
“There are apparently no injury marks on the body. It was fished out by a cleaner around 6pm,” Gurjar said.
The police have registered a case and the body will be preserved at the Subzi Mandi mortuary in north Delhi for 72 hours.
According to the police, three toddlers are found abandoned in different parts of the Capital everyday. In 2010, 124 cases of children being abandoned were registered. Last year, 134 such cases were detected.
On November 14 last year, the malnourished body of the seemingly smiling infant was found abandoned on platform No. 12. Similarly, on February 15, 2011, a newborn girlchild’s body was found in a toilet aboard the Utkal Express when it halted at the Nizamuddin station in southeast Delhi. The baby was barely a day old.
Over the next nine months, two infants were found abandoned at the New Delhi station and another at the Sarai Rohilla station, roughly at the end of every three months.
“The child’s body will be preserved for identification for three days, even though it seems like a deliberate case of abandonment to conceal birth. Usually, none of these bodies are claimed by the general public,” the officer added.