How often, when at a friend’s baby shower, have you heard a pregnant woman respond when she is asked if she wants a boy or a girl, “I don’t care, as long as it’s healthy!”? Sadly, that is not a global sentiment.
In some countries, of which India is one, boys are far more highly prized than girls, partly due to old prejudices and partly due to the financial concerns of parents. It’s guessed that this what lay behind the horrific act of putting a tiny, underweight, and apparently abused baby into a bag and out into the trash for pickup, where the defenseless child was then overrun with ants who bit her everywhere.
This story could have had a much sadder outcome, but thankfully, a tea purveyor happened to be walking by and heard the baby’s muffled cries. Curious to see what was making the sounds, he then discovered the shocking and horrifying truth.
It is thanks to Dheeraj Rathore, who runs a small tea kiosk close by, that this baby now has any chance at life at all.
“I was shocked to see an infant’s head sticking out of a red polybag in a garbage vat among the bushes,” said Rathore. “Ants were all over her head and body.”
Alerting two buddies close by, he was able to wrap the baby up and take her in for medical care once he got most of the ants off her.
But the battle, for this fragile child, is far from over. She is only 3.5 lbs. – a good two pounds under the lowest end of the typical birthweight spectrum – and her bloodied tiny limbs tell a tale of something darker than we will ever know.
The incident, which took place in central India, now has local police seeking out the birth parents. Sadly, this is not an isolated case in this country, where 1,000 boys are born to every 800 girls.
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