Buried Alive, 6-Hour-Old Odisha Baby Girl Survives Miraculously

Villagers in India have rescued a newborn baby girl who was found buried alive in a dump yard.

Ramesh Chandra Basantia (35), suspected to be the biological father of the baby girl, buried the new-born at village Shyamsundarpur two hours after his wife gave birth to her on March 25, Jajpur Superintendent of Police Anup Kumar Sahu said.

The newborn was recovered after a minor school girl first spotted her feet moving in a vegetable field, while she was on her way to School. However, the baby weighing over 2.5 kg was not crying, he added. She was wrapped in a cloth.

Chintamani Mishra, a Medical officer of Dharmasala CHC, stated: "An ASHA worker of Anjira panchayat came to at the CHC with the rescued baby girl". Authorities said the newborn girl immediately was taken to the hospital; her umbilical cord still was attached.

Police indicated that the newborn's parents abandoned her either because of her gender or because her mother was an unmarried woman. "Chances are it was a case of female infanticide and it is clear that the accused wanted to kill her", local police officer Jyoti Prakash Panda said.

India is struggling to bridge the sex ratio gap with tough laws as the country fares badly with 940 females for every 1,000 males, according to the last official census in 2011.

"A case has been lodged against the unidentified parents of the child and family members", Police Inspector Amitabh Mohapatra said.

Discrimination against girls has become such a huge problem in India that doctors are prohibited from telling parents the sex of their unborn baby.

Hospital staff named the newborn Dharitri, a Sanskrit word that means, "the earth", in reference to the fact that the newborn was pulled out from a shallow grave.

  • Joanne Flowers