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JOY & WOE are woven fine...

HAD LAKSHMI not been watching the goings-on that night, chances are this infant girl would have died before she had lived two days in this world.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 01:40 IST

Parents ditch infant, guardian angel saves

HAD LAKSHMI not been watching the goings-on that night, chances are this infant girl would have died before she had lived two days in this world.

On Monday night, a couple in Hamirpur district threw their two-day-old infant into a ditch — just because it was a girl — and left the place. However, the child was taken out alive immediately and adopted by Lakshmi, wife of Guddu, who was watching the couple act.

Talking to the Hindustan Times on phone on Monday, Hamirpur police superintendent Aparna confirmed the incident saying that a case under Section 317 IPC had been registered and efforts were on to arrest the couple.

She said that the incident took place in Gaura Devi Mohala of Hamirpur Kasba. All formalities had been completed by Lakshmi to legally adopt the infant and investigations were on, she added. 

Twins ‘come on board’ train
ON MONDAY, the Howrah-bound Punjab Mail carried two ‘additional’ passengers, as the sweet cries of twins mingled with the shrill whistle of the train, immediately after it left the Hardoi station!

The entire S7 compartment of Punjab Mail turned into a virtual labour room, as elderly women travelling in the compartment pitched in with the necessary help.

Meera Devi, travelling in the S7 coach, started experiencing labour pains near Hardoi. The traveling ticket examiner was informed and an SOS was sent for railway doctors at Charbagh. However, Meera delivered twins much before the train chugged into Lucknow station. Women held up blankets over the pregnant woman and shifted the male passengers to another compartment. No one protested. 

When the train finally reached Lucknow, the railway officials requested Meera Devi to disembark so that expert medical attention could be provided to her. However, Meera Devi’s brother-in-law travelling with her, refused help.                                                

‘Beti Bachao’ rally tomorrow
THE UP State Social Welfare Board has organised a ‘Beti Bachao’ rally in the State Capital on July 19.

The aim is to bring on one platform various social organisations and NGOs working on the issue of women empowerment. Chairperson of the Board Anjana Prakash on Monday said that the issues of female foeticide and empowering the women were not new. But it was observed that even after working on the same issues, the organisations . failed to come together on one platform. “The Board is trying to raise a platform common for all those who are working on the issue,” she said.