A newborn girl was found at the Mission to the Desperate and Destitute (MDD) Balbhawan here on Sunday night. The infant, who seems to be only two or three days old, was named Disha by the inmates. The girl was wrapped in neat and clean woollens and a packet of nine woollens was found in the cradle.
It was Karnal's maiden experience where a newborn was dropped at an orphanage. Her stay here is destined for nearly six months as according to norms, the children dropped at such centres are shifted to Shishu Greh at Panchkula or Sonepat from where they can be adopted by the needy people.
MDD Balbhawan president PR Nath said he heard the bell ringing at 9:35 pm and thought it was a mischief of kids in the locality. "It was the first time it rang. When I reached the spot, I found the newborn comforting in the cradle," he said. The police and the district administration were informed. Though she appears healthy, her medical examination will be conducted on Tuesday.
Nath, who is running the orphanage since 1999, has 109 inmates including 53 girls. Located in Rajivpuram locality of the city, MDD Balbhawan had introduced the baby cradle centre on Children's Day last month after getting a clearance from the department of women and child development.
He said that everyone at the centre was happy and Disha would be taken care of very well.
"From her clothes' quality, it seems that the child belongs to a well-to-do family. I do not blame the mother or her family. An innocent newborn has the right to lead a good life. There are several taboos associated with unwed mothers and we have to accept the harsh realities," he said.
According to PR Nath, special shelter homes should be started for those women who can't take care of their children for any reason. "It may help in curbing female foeticide or leaving infants at unsafe places. Such shelters would help numerous childless parents who are eager to adopt kids," he added.