Ten couples have approached the health authorities since Saturday to adopt a baby boy who was found abandoned at a local temple. Officials, however, cannot provide a home to the 10-day-old baby amid stringent laws of the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).
The boy was found abandoned at the Jain Mandir in the Jaccubpura area of Gurgaon city on Friday last week.
The temple authorities had brought the child to the local hospital where a medical examination was conducted and he was found to be healthy. The child weighs about 2.7kg and is presently admitted in the NICU unit of the General Hospital in Gurgaon.
"Ten couples have already approached us but we have to follow the set norms," said Dr Vinny Rastogi, pediatrician at the hospital.
"We have to follow CARA guidelines. The child would be first brought to the Shishu Greh with the required documents. Then, we will advertise in dailies to get leads, if any, to identify the baby. A child can be adopted only after completing all these formalities," said Sudhir Kant, project officer, Child Welfare Haryana, said.
In the last one month, this is the fourth instance where a baby was found abandoned in the city. On April 25, a four-days-old girl child was found near a heap of garbage at Prem Nagar.
On April 18, a four-days-old baby girl was found abandoned at Dundahera. The infant was born one-and-a-half months premature and was suffering from jaundice. On April 12, a 45-days-old child was also found underneath a tree at the Civil Hospital.