Villagers in Odisha’s Jajpur district were in for a rude shock after they found a strange object rearing out of an agricultural field. Moving to have a closer look, they found a baby girl who had been buried alive in Shyamsundarpur village. The newborn, wrapped in a blue piece of fabric, was first rushed to a community health centre and later shifted to a government hospital where her condition is said to be stable.
Villagers suspect it to be a case of attempted female infanticide. The identity of her parents is still unclear.
Chintamani Mishra, Medical officer, Dharmasala CHC.An ASHA worker of Anjira panchayat came to the CHC with the rescued baby girl. The newborn is believed to be between four and six hours old. The girl was in a critical condition. We immediately started her treatment and stabilised her condition.
"The baby was buried upside down. She was wrapped in a cloth. We found two small feet above the ground and believed that the baby was alive," said Alok Ranjan Rout, who rescued the infant.
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