When India was celebrating its 72nd Independence day, a crying newborn baby was spotted lying a drain in Chennai. He was rescued from the drain by a woman named Geetha.
Geetha, who found the baby boy within the drain with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, termed it an inhuman action. According to her, whoever threw the baby into the drain aimed to kill the infant. “It was painful to see a child dumped like that,” she said.
It appeared that the person who abandoned the boy had deliberately pushed him deep enough inside the drain so that he would be out of sight. “I don’t think there was any feeling for the child,because the umbilical cord seemed to be tied around the neck so it would slowly kill him,” said Geetha.
Who Is Geetha?
The 45-year-old Geetha, a TV actress, is a resident of SVS Nagar, Valasaravakkam. As is her her daily routine, on August 15, she came out to get milk from the milkman. That’s when she heard an infant crying and decide to investigate. To her surprise, the baby lay in a drain in the street. She immediately reached in and managed to fetch the baby. She cleaned up the baby and took him to the Institute of Child Health and Hospital, Egmore.
Watch the video of the rescue here
Baby Named Sudhandhiram
The baby would be staying in the hospital under observation, health minister C Vijayabaskar said. The baby is said to have injuries around the neck though his overall health is sound. As per the officials, the baby would be handed over to an orphanage through child helpline officials after his discharge.
The baby has been named as Sudhandhiram, meaning freedom. The heartbreaking incident has caught the eyes of many people. This is not the first time a baby has been thrown to die. Such cases happening with only girl children are now happening with boys as well.
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-Dolly Bhardwaj is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv