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Abandoned baby rescued in Erode

R. Krishnamoorthy
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IN SAFE HANDS:The abandoned baby at the Government Headquarters Hospital in Erode.—PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
IN SAFE HANDS:The abandoned baby at the Government Headquarters Hospital in Erode.—PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

An abandoned female infant aged below two months was rescued from near the Perundurai Old Bus Stand and admitted to the Government Headquarters Hospital on Wednesday.

The baby was brought to the hospital and immediately admitted to the Sick Newborn Care Unit. The clinical condition of the baby, weighing 2.3 kg, was stable. The baby was under paediatric care, Hospital Superintendent R.Krishnakumar said. He said a police case would be preferred, and in case the parents could not be traced, the baby would be handed over to the Social Welfare Department.

The Department would, in turn, hand over the baby to a non-government organisation functioning as a licenced adoption agency. Since there is no such agency in Erode district, babies found abandoned here are being sent to the care of adoption agencies in Salem or Coimbatore, official sources said.

An official of the Social Welfare Department said despite motivational initiatives, no NGO in Erode was willing to run an adoption agency. An adoption agency functioning locally would make the process of adoption easy for eager childless couples in the district, said Dr. Krishnakumar.

A representative of a non-government organisation blamed the hesitancy of service organisations to function as adoption agency on the stringency of the norms specified by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

According to him, it was very difficult for an NGO to register itself anew with CARA due to resource and time constraints.

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