KERALA

Second baby in electronic cradle

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Dec. 7. Barely two weeks after the inauguration, the electronic cradle, `Amma', installed at the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare, has got a second abandoned baby.

The baby girl, about ten days old, was abandoned in the electronic cradle by unknown persons at around 7-15 a.m. on Friday. As soon as the alarm bell rang, the `ayahs' at the Council arrived at the cradle to take the infant.

The baby is quite healthy and is being cared for along with the 20 other young children at the Council's adoption centre. It was on November 27 that the cradle received the first baby girl, who was named Nithya.

The new baby will be formally given a name by the president of the Indian Council for Child Welfare, Andal Damodaran, an official release from the Council said.

The general secretary of the Council, Sunil C. Kurian, expressed happiness that because of the electronic cradle project of the Council, the tendency to abandon unwanted babies on roads or in garbage bins was coming down.

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