BANGALORE: They are being abandoned everywhere garbage bins, temples, parks, hospitals. Bangalore watches as an increasing number of babies, only five per cent of whom survive, are being discarded like garbage. Many NGOs along with the government- run Makkala sahayavani are working towards their rescue, but the number of abandoned children is on an all-time increase, says Ramaswamy, coordinator of BOSCO.
On Monday, a week-old baby was found abandoned in the Siddaiah Reference Hospital, on JC Road where the parents had abandoned the baby girl and fled from the hospital.
The parents had given their names as Hussain and Salma, and had provided a fake address. The baby was later rescued and taken to BOSCO home. On the same day, a two-day-old baby boy was found abandoned in a garbage bin, opposite a government Maternity Hospital on Magadi road, at KP Agrahara.
When a hospital ayah went to dump the hospital garbage, she found the baby. The baby was attended to at the hospital and later taken to the Shishu Mandira in Madiwala.
There could be many reasons for the abandoning of the child, but most importantly, it is the man who should be held responsible for this. Its because of his irresponsibility that he either rejects the woman and the child or due to his inefficiency that he cant provide for the child, said Vasudev Sharma, Director of Child Welfare Committee. Last year alone, about 1,186 children(between 0 and 18 years of age) were abandoned at the KSRTC busstop. But, the number of parents returning to claim their child is negligible.
Sharma added, "It's unfortunate that not many parents are aware that the real parents have rights over the child for two months after abandoning the child. They can return any time, within two months return and claim their abandoned child. Even after finding the child, no NGO is eligible to let off the child for adoption till three months." Two years back, the number of newborns being abandoned was as low as three a year, while in the past one month itself eight newborns were found abandoned. Many of the babies die at the place they have been abandoned itself. The harsh weather kills some, while stray animals and insects take the lives of others. Experts say that though there are quite a few single parent celebrities, the society has not yet accepted single parents.
Indranil ray chaudhury
What has it got to do with marriage or for that matter any social binding?
It has to do with decency.
Our centuries old traditions haven't yet taught us to be decent human beings.
We as Indians need to stop pointing fingers and accepting responsibility. Can we, each one of us, truly be color, status, language, caste, dare I say even religion blind?
One day perhaps we will learn to accept that a child is a child.�
One day perhaps we will dump our centuries old traditions and learn to be decent.
Indranil ray chaudhury
That's why, our society had evolved the concept of marriage, which enforces responsibility and accountability to the concerned couples..
whatever the religion may be.. we should not abandon the centuries old traditions, which evolved out of societal needs..
I think this response grossly misplaces faith in the system of marriage and "traditions"!! A reality check to see how married couples "discharge" their responsibility and accountability is in order for you my friend. Innumerable cases of girls being abandoned after marriage, polygamy etc are realities that a majority of girls in this country have to contend with. Not to mention the dowry harassment, sexual/physical abuse etc. that have become a part of a girls married life. While I'm not demonising the system of marriage, I would not like to put this institution on a pedestal, beyond reproach and as a solution to society's ills as this response seems to suggest.
A deeper analysis suggests that the roots of problems like these lie in the very traditions and religions that we espouse. Why for instance are girl children more susceptible to being abandoned or killed at birth? Could it be due to the burden that these very "traditions"(Dowry) impose on the parents?...
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