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‘Panghura’ gives new life to 38 abandoned newborns, including 32 girls

‘Panghura’ (cradle), set up by the District Red Cross Society at Mahant Gurbanta Das School for Deaf and Dumb here, has become a saviour of several newly-born children, especially girls, whose parents abandoned them there after birth. The Guru Gobind Singh refinery at Phulo Khari, Bathinda, had extended financial aid to set up the cradle.

punjab Updated: Dec 06, 2015 23:17 IST
As many as 38 newly-born children have been abandoned by parents in the cradle since 2009 when it was set up. Out of these, 32 were girls. The cradle here is the second in Punjab and it was set up after the success of such a venture in Amritsar.
As many as 38 newly-born children have been abandoned by parents in the cradle since 2009 when it was set up. Out of these, 32 were girls. The cradle here is the second in Punjab and it was set up after the success of such a venture in Amritsar.(HT Photo)

‘Panghura’ (cradle), set up by the District Red Cross Society at Mahant Gurbanta Das School for Deaf and Dumb here, has become a saviour of several newly-born children, especially girls, whose parents abandoned them there after birth. The Guru Gobind Singh refinery at Phulo Khari, Bathinda, had extended financial aid to set up the cradle.

As many as 38 newly-born children have been abandoned by parents in the cradle since 2009 when it was set up. Out of these, 32 were girls. The cradle here is the second in Punjab and it was set up after the success of such a venture in Amritsar.

The children found in the cradle are adopted by issueless couples.

A committee, including deputy commissioner, civil surgeon and representatives of the Red Cross authorities as members, was established to run the cradle and take care of the abandoned children’s adoption process.

All the 38 children have got new parents and are now living a healthy life after adoption.

Only two male children abandoned in the cradle had some serious health problems while the rest were in a healthy condition.

Secretary of the District Red Cross Society Varinder Kumar said that the society has appointed a qualified attendant, who lives there and remains alert all the time and when a child is abandoned in the cradle, she informs the authorities concerned immediately. The society, after conducting medical tests and providing initial immunisation to the child, hands over it to any of the approved adoption agencies in the state.

There are as many as seven child adoption agencies in Punjab which are approved by the central government, but none of them is situated at Bathinda.

Deputy commissioner and president of the District Red Cross Society Basant Garg said: “We are committed to the noble cause of saving the abandoned children and will always try to do our best. But, I also hope for future that parents will stop abandoning their kids and start taking care of their children, whether the child is a boy or a girl.”