Rescued abandoned baby bubbly and chubby in Shishu Mandir, Bangalore
Shishu Mandir is taking care of infant rescued by Bangalore Mirror; Child Welfare Committee will give final verdict on the child in a day or two
December 09, 2009
The 16-day-old baby rescued by Bangalore Mirror on Tuesday (December 8) in a covert operation undertaken to investigate the sale of babies has been sent to Shishu Mandir on Hosur Road.
Shishu Mandir, an organisation that takes care of abandoned babies, will give the baby shelter till the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) gives its verdict in a day or two. The baby boy had been sold to two undercover reporters fromBangalore Mirror for Rs 20,000 in Rajajinagar 5th Block. Subsequently, it was handed over to Bosco Child Helpline for care.
When BM visited the baby at Shishu Mandir on Wednesday, officials said he was “extremely healthy and chubby”.
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Probation Officer C Latha Devi said, “BOSCO volunteers gave us the baby around 9 pm on Tuesday. After that, we gave him a nice bath and fed him with milk. He then went off to sleep and this morning, we took the baby to Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health for a check-up. Doctors said the baby is very healthy and chubby.”
The officer said, “The child was taken to the doctor around 11 am and brought back in an hour. We have now put him in the neonatal ward.”
She said, “Since the baby is only 16 days’ old, he is being given special care. He is being fed milk. There are four other children in the ward, which has five ‘ayahs’ to take care of them. It also has a nurse on call.” The baby will be brought in front of the Child Welfare Committee in a day or two. “The committee meets twice on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the baby will be presented in front of the committee, which will decide the modalities pertaining to investigation of the baby’s antecedents and, if necessary, the adoption procedures. The committee will have a stipulated period after which the child will be up for adoption,” she said.