The increasing crime rate against women in India makes us wonder why do we celebrate goddesses Durga but treat our women so poorly?
As a society, we spend so much money, time and effort worshipping a warrior goddess. But when it comes to our own daughters or wives, we treat them so badly? Our country has one of the worst records in the world in how it treats its girls and women.
Recently a heart-wrenching incident shone a spotlight on female infanticide. In UP when a man was digging a grave for his own daughter, he found a newborn girl buried alive.
Hitesh Sirohi lost his daughter a few minutes after birth. It was when he went to bury his own daughter that his spade hit an earthen pot.
While recalling the horrific incident, Superintendent of Police (SP) City, Abhinandan Singh shared with India Today:
“A very inhuman incident came to light under the limits of Subhash Nagar police station in Maninath cremation ground in which a newborn girl was buried by unknown people inside an earthen pot. The baby was found by members of a family who had gone to bury their daughter who died following premature birth,”
“After digging for a while, they found a pot and heard a baby crying. Soon, a police team reached the spot and the baby was sent to a hospital where she is undergoing treatment.”
The father, Hitesh, further shared with the SUN:
“My wife had given birth to a stillborn child at a private hospital in Rampur Garden locality of the city.”
“We took the baby to a crematorium where the labours were digging a grave. Suddenly, a labour’s spade hit a pot. It was kept in a bag.”
“When they took the bag out, they found a baby wrapped in a cloth. She was alive and crying.”
“At one point I thought my daughter has come alive but the voice was actually coming from the pot.”
“We couldn’t understand much and asked the guard to have a look at it. When the pot was opened, a baby girl was kept inside.”
Pooja, a relative of the mother of the dead baby said,
“When my husband and another relative went to bury the dead baby they found an earthen pot after digging for a while. We could hear a baby crying from the pot.
So they took her out and fed her milk. They also called the police and an ambulance immediately.”
After taking the newborn to the hospital, the girl was given medical care. As per the police, a local politician was paying for her expenses.
Sharing about the next steps, the police shared:
“We are now trying to find the parents of the baby. We will take strict action against those who have buried the infant alive.”
Vimal Kumar, NICU in-charge said, about the found baby girl:
“The hospital staff have named the baby Sita. She is undergoing treatment here, she has not yet recovered fully.”
Though the baby girl has been named after Goddess SITA, at IFORHER, we couldn’t stop wondering how the parents of little one buried her alive to die.
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What is disheartening is the fact, that the rudimentary thought process of killing a girl child is not only prevalent in poor families but in rich families too.
Because of our society’s obsession with the male child – Indian parents view sons as investments and daughters as liabilities. We have so many nursing homes and other companies minting money by killing the girl child in the mother’s womb illegally.
Recently, an In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) firm that operated a fully-fledged call center for couples was busted in Delhi for allegedly offering sex selection, which is banned in India.
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As per Indiatimes, the clinic, Ela Woman, allegedly sent couples wanting a baby boy to countries like Thailand, Singapore, and Dubai where sex selection is not illegal.
The firm conceptualized by the IITian had a wide network across the country with 100 such clinics and coordinators in Dubai, Singapore, and Bangkok. The firm allegedly charged up to Rs 8.5 lakhs for an IVF in Dubai for a ‘guaranteed’ baby boy.
At IFORHER, we pray for the speedy recovery of Baby Sita, who is born as a fighter and wish she would soon find a beautiful home full of people, who respect her and deserve her.