An 18-day-old girl died of a gangrenous infection after a wild pig snatched and mauled the infant, who was being breastfed by her mother, in south Delhi’s Bhati Mines on Friday morning. Police claimed the child died while being treated at the AIIMS trauma centre. The girl’s parents said she died after the pig tore open her head and jaw with its mouth.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Chinmoy Biswal said police were informed about the incident when they received a PCR call at 12.45 pm Friday. “We got to know that a child was bitten by a pig.The child died during treatment at AIIMS trauma centre. We have registered a case under sections 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animal) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC against the owner of the animal, who is being traced,” Biswal said.
The child’s parents are labourers, and they have two other children, Shaurya (5) and Mayank (7). The infant’s father, Rajpal, who is involved in digging roads for a salary of Rs 300 per day, had left for work when the incident took place. His wife, Pooja, was breastfeeding the child outside her house when the pig charged at them.
“My wife gave birth to the child 18 days ago. Pooja was sick after the delivery, and was feeding her when the pig charged at them. The animal snatched my daughter by its jaws and ran. My wife gave chase to the pig… the animal violently shook its head and tore off my daughter’s jaw and bit her hand,” Rajpal said.
Pooja then ran to the police chowki next to her house with her daughter in her arms and asked police to call an ambulance. “I kept asking them to help me but they took a lot of time to call the ambulance. I had not even named my child and she died,” Pooja alleged.
After the incident was reported, the president of the Bhati Mines Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) came to meet the family. He claimed that pigs have been allowed to multiply in the area, unchecked. “The pig is owned by a local, who sells and butchers the animals for a living. The animals are still roaming around the locality and even attacked a goat today,” claimed Rampal, the RWA president.