A newborn baby girl was rescued by villagers in India after she was reportedly buried alive.
According to the Daily Mail, the baby was left to die in the sand pit of a field, but a child spotted her feet poking out of the ground. She was just about 6 hours old when she was left to die. In the village, sons are the preferred child and having a girl is something that people try to avoid. But, you can’t choose the sex of your baby.
The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital. Officials say she is still being observed.
Fanindra Kumar Panigrahi, Jaipur’s chief medical officer, said the baby girl was recovering and was in good health despite her ordeal.
Alok Rout, who helped save the baby girl, recalls that the infant’s face was wrapped in a cloth and she was buried under a compost dump. At the hospital, the girl was named Dharitri, which in Sanskrit, means “the earth.”
The child’s father, Ramesh Chandra Basantia, 35, was arrested and he confessed to the crime. Basantia is already a father of four and worked as a part-time driver.
Female infanticide is quite common, according to an article in Time magazine, around 2,000 girls are killed in the womb each day in India.
Baby girls are seen as a burden in the patriarchal society. Efforts are underway to help enforce laws against the determination of the baby’s sex before birth.