Barely five hours after her birth, she was found wrapped in a cloth, packed in a plastic bag, dumped in the public toilet at a park in Phase 3 in SAS Nagar on a hot Friday afternoon.
But the baby girl found many mothers in the nurses at the Phase-6 government hospital where the police took her. Some have named her ‘Pari’, a fairy, and some call her ‘Sweety’.
The police are trying to trace her parents, while authorities at the hospital say the child is healthy. She was, in fact, given her first feed at the hospital by the staff.
It was around 12.45pm that Mathuri Lal, entrusted with upkeep of the toilet, found her.
“I was working nearby when I heard cries of a child; when I moved towards it I only saw a plastic bag in the women’s toilet. Inside it, was the child wrapped in a bedsheet,” he said.
Lal immediately informed some people in the park who called the police.
The police took her to the government hospital at Phase 6 in SAS Nagar.
During check-up, doctors found that she had been born four to five hours prior to have been found.
Cops have clues
Doctors at the Phase-6 hospital pointed out that in the medical examination it appeared that she was delivered at a hospital. “Taking a cue, we have got in touch with various hospitals in the vicinity, besides talking to sarpanches and other prominent people,” said station house officer (SHO) Sukhwinder Singh. Also, the plastic bag in which the child was dumped carried the markings of a firm selling seeds and agricultural equipment; thus the police suspect the parents could be farmers or from a rural area. The incident, prima facie, brings into focus discrimination against the girl child, especially in Punjab that had the fourth worst child sex ratio (number of girls per 1,000 boys, aged up to 6 years) among all states at 846, as per the 2011 census. The national average is 919. In SAS Nagar district, it was 841, lower than the state average of 846.