Bengaluru Police constable breastfeeds abandoned baby, gains respect on social media
The newborn boy was found abandoned in a plastic bag in Electronics City on June 2 by a team led by assistant sub-inspector Nagesh.Updated: Jun 06, 2018 15:47 IST
Bengaluru Police constable Archana did not think twice before breastfeeding an abandoned infant.
“I just couldn’t bear it. I felt like my child was crying and I had to feed the baby,” Archana, who was on maternity leave and joined office 15 days ago, told the BBC.
The newborn boy was found abandoned in a plastic bag in Electronics City on June 2 by a team led by assistant sub-inspector Nagesh.
“The baby was in bad shape. He was covered in blood and the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck,” he told The Hindu.
“We were really scared for his life. He wasn’t making any noise or crying and we were quite helpless then,” he was quoted as saying by the News Minute.
He then took the baby to Lakshmi Nursing Home for treatment, where doctors treated him without charging anything. Nagesh and his team then brought the baby to the police station, where Archana saved the starving infant by breastfeeding him.
He is being called the “government’s baby”, Nagesh told The Hindu, and has been named Kumaraswamy after the Karnataka’s new chief minister HD Kumaraswamy.
The chief minister tweeted on Wednesday that he was “deeply moved” by the news and would meet the police constable “who nursed the little one to life”.
The baby has been handed over to the Shishu Mandir on Hosur Road, reports said.
“We salute the Mother in our Lady Police Constable Archana of Bangalore City Police who rescued an abandoned new born and breastfed the infant, she had just returned from Maternity Leave,” the Bengaluru police wrote on their Facebook page on Tuesday.
People have been praising Archana for her going beyond her duty to save the infant.
“It’s hard to find such heart warming stories during these days. I salute whole police team including Archana madam and doctors team and hospital who made this happen. Saving a life is a big thing and we as citizens really love what you have done,” Yogendrah Vir commented.
“Huge respect to u mam ! Long live humanity [sic],” another user commented.