India, Oct (SF) .- A man found a baby still alive, who had been buried in a clay urn, when he was digging what was to be the tomb of his own daughter, who died after birth, in the north of India.
“He had gone to bury his own daughter and was digging the grave when his shovel hit a clay pot,” Shailesh Kumar Pandey, Police Superintendent of the city of Bareilly, told Efe, where the discovery took place last Thursday, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
The man alerted the cemetery guard, who, upon examining the urn, discovered the newborn and transferred her to the district hospital. “The condition of the girl has improved a lot,” Pandey said.
The authorities have initiated an investigation to find the parents of the baby, whose identity is unknown at the moment.
The man who discovered the baby had lost his own daughter minutes after she was born prematurely, local agency PTI said.
Indian law criminalizes this type of abortion and prevents doctors from revealing the sex of fetuses, precisely to curb this practice, although prenatal clinical studies continue to be conducted clandestinely.
In India, the practice of selective abortions and female feticides is widespread.
In India, the preference for the child is because the son perpetuates the lineage, inherits the property and takes care of his parents in old age, while, in the case of girls, the parents must pay a substantial dowry to the family of the boyfriend.
A report from the Alliance for the Defense of Freedom (ADF) organization presented last January said 50,000 female fetuses are aborted each month in the country.
The 2011 Indian census revealed that there are 7.1 million fewer girls than boys between the ages of 0 and 6.