The umbilical cord still hanging by her stomach, a two-day-old girl apparently abandoned by her parents was found in shrubs on an isolated stretch of the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road near Chohka village in the early hours of Friday.
A villager on a walk around 6am heard the baby's cries and called the Dial-108 ambulance service and the police, said assistant sub-inspector Harpreet Singh of the nearby Patara village police station. "We rushed the baby to the civil hospital in Jalandhar in the ambulance. The paramedics in the ambulance severed the umbilical cord and nurses later provided milk to the baby."
After treatment, as per deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti's decision, the child was handed over for care to the Pushpa Gujral Nari Niketan around 4.45 pm. "Had the girl not been brought to hospital for another two hours, she would have died," said a nurse.
At least five such cases of abandoned girl children have surfaced in the region within the past three months.
A two-month-old girl was found near Maqsudan on August 13, while on July 22, a 10-month-old girl suffering from pneumonia was found unconscious at Guru Nanak Mission Chowk, who is now at the Nari Niketan. Anjana Talwar, general secretary of the Nari Niketan, said, "We provided her proper treatment and now she is fine. Another boy and his sister, both around 5 years old, were found at the city railway station in July."
A two-and-a-half year old girl was found at the city railway station on July 23. Before that, on May 15, a three-year-old mentally challenged girl was found abandoned near the tracks by the railway police. All these children are in the care of registered NGOs.