Hyderabad: A 15-day-old girl was dumped in a drain by a 35-year-old woman early on Thursday morning at Jeedimetala. An old man who came to relieve himself saw the woman get down from an autorickshaw, throw a package into the drain and walk away. By the time, he alerted the police the child was dead.
Eleven similar incidents have occurred so far in the city and Ranga Reddy district in the last three months of 2016. Three incidents were reported from Jawahar Nagar, Shamshabad and Kamathipura. Cases were reported from Kukatpally, Meerpet, Hayathnagar, Santoshnagar and Nerdment also.
Mrs Anuradha Rao of the Child Welfare Commission said, "Women who face desperate poverty abandon children. Earlier, empty cradles were provided at anganwadi centres in all districts and panchayats where poor women could deposit their babies. The government had also allotted funds for it. But it has been stopped. Now innocent children are being killed."
Sources said the Child Welfare Department has scrapped the scheme which was started in Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Karimnagar areas in 2014 as no funds were allotted for it....