Warangal Rural: A four-year-old girl ‘abandoned’ by her parents was rescued by the officials of Women Development & Child Welfare Department on Thursday. The girl was shifted to the ‘Shishugruha’, the State-run childrens home in Hanamkonda.
According to District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) G Mahender Reddy, the mother of the girl, who used to work in a cotton ginning mill on the outskirts of Dharmaram village in Geesugonda mandal, had left the place without informing her husband a week ago. “Though the alcoholic father tried to provide some food to her since he did not have a job following the lockdown, he too left her to fend for herself. Noticing this, some locals informed the childline about the plight of the little girl,” he said.
On receiving information, the officials went to the place and enquired with the locals and her father. “Since he was in inebriated condition, he was unable to give details about his wife. But he urged us to take away the child,” Mahender Reddy said, adding that they took the child after recording the statements of the witnesses, and shifted her to the home after producing her before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairperson Vasudha.
“We are also trying to trace the mother. If they say they can’t raise the child, the government will take care of the girl,” Mahender said. While the father of the girl is a native of Bayyaram mandal of Mahabubabad district, the mother is reportedly from Andhra Pradesh.
(A child can be legally and anonymously relinquished at a specialised adoption agency. To find the nearest specialised adoption agency, call ChildLine at 1098 or go to http://cara,nic,in/Stakeholders?India_map.html and select any State)
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