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Caring for abandoned babies

P. Samuel Jonathan
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‘Women giving birth to girls are facing domestic violence’

The vulnerability of girl child to the vagaries of society is being exposed time and again. Even a progressive district such as Guntur is not an exception to the primordial notions surrounding the weaker sex.

The Department of Women and Child Welfare continues to grapple with a steady influx of unwed mothers, victims of exploitation, who leave behind their infants into the care of Sisu Gruha, a residential care centre here. After months of care and support, the department through a lengthy process of adoption, entrusts the care of the children to willing couples, who have no children.

“We have given 19 children, most of them girls, to willing couples for adoption over the last one and a half years.

The girl child continues to be at risk in society,’’ project director J. Nirmala said on Tuesday.

Taking the case of a tribal woman Lakshmi, hailing from Macherla as an example, Ms. Nirmala said women, who give birth to girl child continues to be the object of brutal domestic violence. “In this case, the woman gave birth to a third girl.

Her husband is forcing the woman to abandon the child. The woman has almost made up her mind to abandon the child so that she can take care of her two elder daughters, when local Anganwadi workers intervened and rescued the child,’’ Ms. Nirmala said.

Shelter

In yet another case, an orphan, who has been exploited by her shop keeper and then another youth, found shelter in the child and women protection centre and gave birth to a girl child. The woman now runs a garment manufacturing centre on the premises of Durgabhai Deshmukh Mahila Sisu Vikas Kendram.

“We have still three abandoned children in the home and two others are under treatment,’’ Ms. Nirmala added.


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