Gurugram: Abandoned baby raises concerns over adoption procedure
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Gurugram: Abandoned baby raises concerns over adoption procedure

Gurugram has been witnessing a shocking number of incidents in which newborns are being abandoned on societies' doorsteps. What's worse, legal procedures make any attempts at adoption difficult.

Gurugram: Abandoned baby raises concerns over adoption procedure

After a newborn girl was found abandoned on November 3 near Ardee City, a residential society in Sector 52, Gurugram, several residents have come forward to adopt the baby. However, procedural delays seem to have made it difficult for them to do so.

Anurag Gupta, a resident of Ardee City, said, “This is not the first time something like this has happened. It’s strange that babies are dumped like this and there is no clue about who the parents are. Those who want to adopt these babies are unable to do so because of the long procedure and formalities involved.”

Ritika Gulati, a resident of Sector 5, wants to adopt the baby and has formally applied for the adoption. “The department informed me that I have to apply for adoption at the Haryana State Council for Child Welfare and wait my turn for the adoption. It is a lengthy procedure but I will still go ahead with it,” she said.

The baby was found near Gate No 1 of the society and was rushed to Gurugram Civil Hospital by the police but was later referred to PGI Rohtak for further treatment. There is no information about the baby’s parents and efforts are under way to identify them. The police has registered a case under Section 137 (exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years) of IPC against unknown persons. The police would give the baby to a child welfare NGO to look after her after she is released from PGI Rohtak and until she is adopted by someone. 


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