Almost 20 months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chosen this Haryana district to launch the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign to end the evil of gender bias, two newborn girls were found abandoned in Sector 12 here on on Wednesday night.
The girls are reportedly around 2-3 days old and are twins. Wrapped in towels, they were kept in a basket, with a cash of Rs 5,000 and a bottle of milk.
The babies were kept outside a house and the person who left them is also said to have rung bells of two nearby houses on late Wednesday night. Dinesh Dhaiya, the owner of the house, and his neighbour spotted the babies and informed the police late in the night and girls were taken to the civil hospital for medical examination.
Talking to HT, Panipat chief medical officer Dr Inderjeet Dhankar said, “Two baby girls were brought to the hospital by the police and they are 2-3 days old and are twins.” He said the babies are under-weight but they are healthy and being given the required care at the hospital. However, the police have so far failed to trace the person who abandoned them.
Sources said the preliminary police investigation shows that the girls were from a rich family as they were wearing branded clothes and towels. Also the person who left them was somewhat concerned about them as Rs 5000 and a bottle of milk was also recovered from the spot.
Sources said the parents of these babies could be aware before the delivery that the pregnant woman was carrying twins in her womb, but they might be expecting one of them to be a son as their dresses indicated. But they abandoned them both as they were girls, they added.
District child protection officer Nidhi Gupta said, “The girls have been kept under medical supervision and the police are investigating the matter and trying to trace the people who abandoned them.”
She added, “If the police failed to trace the parents of the girls, they will be sent to a shelter house in Rai or Panchkula for adoption.”
Among the medical professionals, the development is being considered as a bad impact of the strict implementation of PC-PNDT Act in the state to check sex- determination tests under the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign.
Sources in the Panipat health department said five newborn girls were found abandoned in the past three months, from different locations in the city and they were were left because their parents could not determine their sex before birth in the state, which is infamous for skewed sex ratio.
Panipat chief medical officer (CMO) Inderjeet Dhankar said, “It seems the bad impact of the strictness as most of the babies being abandoned are girls.”
He said, “The strictness is must to improve the sex ratio, but there is a dire need to bring a change in the mindset of the people to end preference for sons.”