Authorities are investigating what happened to a very premature baby whose body was found buried in the mud recently in South Delhi, India.
The report comes right after authorities uncovered a similar incident involving a newborn girl who was buried alive in another part of India.
Millennium Post reports a pedestrian found the baby’s body, described to be about 3-months gestation, in the mud in the Puram area. South Delhi police said they are not sure if the baby was male or female, but a postmortem report is being conducted. The police also did not give any indication if the baby was miscarried or aborted.
Some people in the neighborhood speculated that someone may have buried the baby’s body in the middle of the night to hide it, according to the local news.
Over the weekend, the India Times reported another horrifying case where a newborn baby girl allegedly was buried alive by her parents, likely because she was a girl. According to the report, the family already had five older daughters.
Someone rescued the baby girl on Saturday in the Jajpur district of Odisha, India after seeing her feet move up out of the ground, according to the report. Authorities said the newborn girl immediately was taken to the hospital.
In the past few years, other reports of girls being buried alive by their families also have surfaced in India. In 2012, the BBC reported the father and uncle of a newborn girl were arrested after they allegedly tried to bury the girl alive in Pilkhua, India. In that case, a graveyard caretaker rescued the girl.
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Experts estimate millions of girls are missing in India due to sex-selection abortions and infanticide. Culturally, girls often are viewed as financial burdens because of dowries and other practices.
The 2011 India census data shows there are 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under age 7 – the most unbalanced gender ratios in the world, according to the BBC. In some parts of the country, the problem is even worse. For example, in the Indian state of Tiruvannamalai, men outnumber women at a ratio of 1,000 to 878.
Discrimination against girls has become such a huge problem in India that doctors are prohibited from telling parents the sex of their unborn baby. However, the practice still occurs.
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