A NEWBORN was abducted within 35 minutes of its birth early this morning at Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH). According to hospital sources, the incident occurred with a couple from Patnipura. Sita Malviya gave birth to a girl child at 6.10 am and the infant went missing at 6.45 am.
The mother reported that an unknown woman had approached her, uttered some words of consolation and advise. She then helped Sita dress up and then sent the father, Hemraj Malviya, downstairs to fetch tea.
In the meantime, the woman allegedly carried the baby pretending to cuddle it and disappeared. The incident came to light when the couple became suspicious about the delay in return of the child. The shocked couple came to know that the woman whom they had mistaken to be a hospital employee was in fact an abductor.
The couple raised an alarm and a search of the hospital premises was undertaken but to no avail. Later, hospital authorities were notified of the incident, who in turn referred the case to the police.
MYH Superintendent Dr D K Jain said that the entire incident looked suspicious as the parents had not given much of a reaction as is common after such incidents and once after raising their cries were taking the matter quite calmly, though mothers become often hysterical and family members inconsolable.
Further, the approach of a child abductor in the wee hours of the morning, the ease with which she managed to strike a rapport with the family members and managed to walk away with the child were points worth pondering.
The police are most likely to demand tapes for the morning incident failing, which the hospital would itself have to do a lot of explaining.