With the stringent laws in place to stop the practice of female foeticide, the number of abandoned newborn girls is going up considering the figures of cradle project of Red Cross society.
Of the 22 newborns abandoned at the cradle since 2009, 18 were girls. A 10-day-old girl was abandoned at the cradle on Thursday.
Secretary, District Red Cross Society, Mukhtayar Singh Kular, said that the high number of abandoned girls reflects the biased mindset prevailing in our society.
"All the newborns abandoned till date at the cradle were in good health except one male child who had minor health problem and was fine after treatment,"said Naresh Patahnia, an assistant with the District Red Cross Society.
In an attempt to discourage the female foeticide, Bathinda Red Cross Society had set up the cradle in 2009. After conducting medical tests and immunization, the society hands over the child to either Patiala-based Yadvindra Puran Bal Niketan or Dham Talwandi in Ludhiana.
To check female foeticide and infanticide, a cradle was set up at the gate of school for deaf and dumb in the city in February 2009.