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Newborn saved from being buried alive

Jaipur,July 3, 2012, DHNS: 0:46 IST

Couple tried to get rid of the day-old girl

In yet another incident of apathy towards the girl child in Rajasthan, parents of a newborn girl tried to bury her alive in Dausa district.

The girl was rescued by local villagers and police are on the look out of the couple who attempted the crime. According to police, some people on Monday heard the cries of a baby from a farm near Todarwas village. When they reached the spot, they saw a couple fleeing.

The villagers tried to chase them, but they escaped. Later, they found a girl lying near a newly dug-up pit.The villagers say the couple was attempting to bury the child alive. The girl seemed to be just a day old, a police officer said. The villagers then informed police.

“The girl was admitted to a hospital where she was treated for fever. However, her condition is now normal,” said the officer.He added that an FIR has been registered against the unidentified couple.

Several incidents of girl children being abandoned and aborted female foetus being thrown in garbage dumps have been reported in Rajasthan of late.An eight-month-old girl was found wrapped in cloth near a reservation window of the Rajasthan Roadways bus stand in Bundi May 19.

Similarly, an infant girl, apparently abandoned by her parents, was found at the doorstep of a children's home in Udaipur on May 9.Rajasthan has a very skewed sex ratio due to the prevailing bias against girls.

According to census 2011, Rajasthan now has 883 girls between the ages of 0-6 for every 1,000 boys. The child sex ratio in 2001 was 909.Considering the alarming number of female foeticide and infanticide cases, the Rajasthan government this year announced framing a policy to correct the gender imbalance.

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