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Newborn girl found abandoned in Rajasthan

Rajasthan,Crime/Disaster/Accident, Mon, 30 Apr 2012 IANS

Jaipur, April 30 (IANS) A newborn girl was Monday found abandoned at a burial ground in Rajasthan's Pali district, police said.


A passerby noticed the infant lying in the bushes at the burial ground in Pali town, some 300 km from here, and informed the police. The girl was immediately rushed to a hospital where she was "out of danger", they said.


"The girl, who seems to be one-day old, was naked and had some injury marks on her body," a police official told IANS.


She was under observation at the hospital, the official added.


"We have launched an investigation and registered a case against unidentified person," he said.


Rajasthan has recently been in news for increasing cases of female foeticide and female infanticide. According to Census 2011, Rajasthan has 883 girls between the age of 0-6 for every 1,000 boys. The child sex ratio in 2001 was 909.


Alarmed by the state's skewed sex ratio, the state government recently announced steps to curb pre-natal sex determination tests at ultrasound clinics. The steps include increasing the number of health department inspection teams and equipping them with devices like hidden cameras and voice recorders.



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