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SBS Nagar: Abandoned girl was born out of wedlock; 18-yr-old mother held

Jalandhar police on Friday arrested the mother of a week-old infant, Khushi, who was found abandoned in a dry 18-foot well three days ago in Khothra village near Behram town.

punjab Updated: Mar 31, 2017 19:44 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
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A week-old, Khushi, was rescued by villagers and police from a dry 18-foot well on Tuesday evening, where she was thrown by her mother.(HT Photo)

Three days after a newborn girl, Khushi, was rescued from a dry 18-foot-deep well in Khothra village near Behram town, around 35km from here, cops on Friday traced her mother to the same village.

The 18-year-old girl, who had given birth to Khushi out of wedlock, was presented in the local courts, where she got bail. She belongs to a migrant family and has been living in the village for the past 12 years.

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The girl told the police that she had relations with a man from the same village, and he had promised to marry her. After finding she was pregnant, he fled, leaving her with no option but to abandon the week-old child, she said.

She was identified with the assistance of accredited social health activists and villagers who had seen her when she was pregnant, said police.

Behram station house officer (SHO) Surinder Chand said the mother has been admitted to the Banga civil hospital as her health deteriorated after being taken to court. He ruled out the role of any other member of her family in abandoning the child. “The girl does not know whereabouts of the man with whom she was in relations. She has just revealed his name,” said the SHO.

Khushi was rescued by cops and villagers on Tuesday evening. She was admitted to the Banga civil hospital from where she was referred to the Jalandhar civil hospital and then taken to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar.

Chand said the infant was recovering well and two cops were deployed with her at the Amritsar hospital. “She will be handed over to the child development project officer,” he said.

Dr Karnail Singh of the GNDH confirmed the infant is out of danger.

First Published: Mar 31, 2017 12:56 IST

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