At 9:30 pm, software engineer Mythri Manjunath heard about a newborn girl lying on the pavement inside their apartment complex on Begur Main Road, near Electronics City, Bengaluru.
On reaching the spot, she found a just-born infant, still covered in blood, lying naked and unattended near the compound wall. Witnessing the gravity of the situation, she quickly called up her friend, Sushma Sathyanarayana, who was in the same building.
They cleaned up the baby and wrapped a piece of cloth around her and asked for her parents. But no one knew about them.
Soon, a small crowd had gathered and bystanders started clicking pictures but no one came to their help.
They dialled 108 for an ambulance and asked the bystanders if they would accompany them to the hospital. But nobody wanted to come as they feared they’d be involved in the case.
After 45 minutes, the women took the baby to Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health Hospital, near Nimhans. The baby was brought in time and this saved her life.
After registering their complaint with the police, they got a call from the police, that the mother of the baby has been traced. The police informed them that the woman who gave birth to the baby lived in a slum next to their apartment.
Since the mother didn’t want the baby, she had left her at the apartment. When these women reached the slum to convince the mother of the baby to keep her, she was packing up to flee!
She was a widow with a 16-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. Fear of social stigma and poverty were likely to be the reasons why she had abandoned her newborn.
Eventually, Mythri and Sushma convinced the mother to keep the baby.
Next day, the police took the mother to the hospital and left the newborn in her care.
The police were all praise of Mythri and Sushma’s efforts, which saved the newborn. A case was also not registered since the mother has decided to take care of the child.