Hyderabad: The body of a baby girl was found abandoned in a sewer line in the Jeedimetla industrial area on Wednesday. Police have on Thursday launched a search for a woman, who was reportedly seen near the spot on Wednesday night.
According to the Jeedimetla police, people noticed the body of the child in the sewage canal around 8 pm on Wednesday. Following the information, police reached the spot and retrieved the body from sewage canal and shifted it to the Gandhi Hospital morgue.
According to V Saidi Reddy, Sub-Inspector, Jeedimetla, a man informed the police of seeing a woman moving around suspiciously near the spot around 6.30 pm. However, he did not see her face. Police are now examining CCTV cameras in the area, Reddy said.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the baby was around 15 days old, died of liver ailment, he said, adding that a case has been registered under Section 318 (Concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body) of IPC.
Meanwhile, child rights activists demanded measures to prevent such cases of girl children being abandoned.
Balala Hakkula Sangham president Anuradha Rao said 11 such incidents were reported over the last three months, where the infants were thrown into sewage canals, bushes and tanks.
She also said the government should reintroduce the concept of “Ooyala” at every Anganwadi Centre, which will allow parents to hand over custody of children to Anganwadi Centres, without revealing their identity.