Newborn girl found dead in dustbin outside Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital
A hospital official said that the baby was born dead and was handed over to the father who threw the body into a dustbin.delhi Updated: Jan 30, 2018 08:40 IST
The body of a newborn was found on Monday in a dustbin near the mortuary of Safdarjung Hospital in South Delhi. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the girl child was stillborn and allegedly dumped by her parents as they were not sure what to do with it.
The parents told the police that they were poor and could not afford to carry out the funeral rites of the child.
A senior officer said that a passerby spotted the body and made a call to the police control room in the morning, informing the cops that he has spotted a newborn girl lying dead in a dustbin behind the hospital’s mortuary.
“A police team was sent to the spot which found the body and a tag wrapped around it which helped us to identify and trace the parents. According to a tag on the body, the baby was born at 11.58 pm on January 27 to a 24-year-old woman called Nisha,” said DCP (south) Romil Baaniya.
With the help of hospital records, the police tracked down Rajapuri resident Nisha and her husband Ramdev Kumar who are labourers.
Ramdev told the police that doctors told them that the baby was delivered premature and weighed 1.42 kg. He said it was a stillborn.
He told police that doctors handed over the baby to the father, who threw her into a dustbin near the mortuary of the hospital as they were unsure of what to do with it.
“We initiated an inquest into the matter. The hospital records support the father’s version of the child being a stillborn. The father also said he did not have enough money to perform last rites,” said Baaniya.
Asked if the treatment of the corpse itself involved criminality, police said it did not.
“It will be a crime only if the child was alive when it was dumped. We have sent the body for post mortem and will wait for the report to confirm the time of death,” said Baaniya.
Ramdev’s phone was switched off when Hindustan Times tried to contact him.