A six-day-old male child, who was allegedly abducted by a woman, was united with his parents after he was found abandoned in the Mansa Devi market few hours later here on Thursday.
Covered in a towel, the child was found lying near one of the booths in the market near Mansa Devi temple. A couple — Rekha Rani and Suraj Kumar — saw the child around 2pm and informed police.
The child was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) unit of the General Hospital, Sector 6, where his condition was stated to be normal.
However, hours later a couple from Manimajra contacted the police and claimed that the child was theirs, who was allegedly abducted when they had visited the dispensary in Manimajra.
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“I had gone to a dispensary in Manimajra along with the child to get blood tests done. Around 11am, I gave the child to a woman standing nearby to hold him since I had to go to another room. But, when I returned after five minutes, the woman was not around, nor I could see my child. Then, we reported the matter to the police,” said Payal, the mother of the child.
A case was registered at Manimjara Police Station.
The Panchkula police contacted the couple with the help of their Chandigarh counterpart and the couple were presented before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Panchkula.
“We have checked all the documents required for the identification of the child and his parents. The couple have also shown us the pictures of the child and the mother has identified him. They are his parents and we have decided to hand over the child to them through CWC, Chandigarh,” said an official from CWC, Panchkula.
However, the woman who allegedly abducted the child and later abandoned him within two hours, could not be identified. “There were no CCTV cameras installed near the booth market, where the child was found, and nobody saw her abandoning the child. According to his mother’s statement, she was a middle-aged woman wearing a sari.
Probably, she took the child with an intention of abduction and later got afraid and left the child after two hours,” said sub-inspector Rohit Kumar from Manimajra police station.
A case under Section 317 (abandoned child) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at MDC Police Station.