A security guard working in a private firm in Gurgaon was caught off guard on Friday morning when he heard a faint cry from a polythene bag, surrounded by stray dogs and pigs. He opened the bag, left in a garbage dump in Sector-31, to find a newborn girl inside.
He immediately informed the police control room and ambulance. The child was rushed to Civil hospital and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. She is stable, doctors said.
The guard, Manjeet Singh, was returning to his rented accommodation in Jharsa village on Friday morning. When he reached the Ramlila Ground, adjacent to NH-8, he heard a baby crying.
“I heard the cry and looked around, but could not find any child. When I went near the garbage heap, I saw a bag surrounded by pigs and dogs. I immediately pushed them aside and picked up the bag and found the baby in it,” Singh said.
“The baby was crying and I could not make her stop. When I asked a woman to help me, she refused saying it could become a police case,” Singh said.
Inspector Jai Prakash, Station House Officer at Sector 40 police station, said, “We have registered the case against the mother (yet unknown) of the newborn and are conducting investigations. Our teams have visited the nearby private hospitals to take a record of all recent births there.”
Rishikant of NGO Shakti Vahini said, “Since the child is in Civil Hospital, the administration will put out an advertisement calling for the parents to come forward. Whoever comes forward to claim the child will have to undergo a DNA test to ascertain the veracity of the claim.
However, if no one comes forward, the child will be sent to a children’s home. After that, it is the task of the bench of magistrates of the Child Welfare Committee to decide upon the child’s future.”