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Indian baby found in box floating on Ganges

Official says baby is currently receiving medical attention

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
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Posted: Jun 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

Hindu devotees ride on boats as the water level of river Ganges rises in Allahabad on June 11, 2021. (AFP)

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Indian police said Thursday they have launched an investigation after a newborn baby was found alive and well in a wooden box floating on the Ganga river. The inside of the box was lined with red cloth and contained images of Hindu gods as well as a horoscope giving the date and time of the girl's birth and name, Ganga -- the Hindi word for the holy river. The child, thought to be around a month old, was recovered earlier this week in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh by a man in a boat in bushes at the river's edge. “It is difficult to ascertain how long she had been floating in the river. The boatman heard a sound coming from the box and that's how he found the baby,” local police official O.P. Singh told AFP. “The baby is fine and is currently receiving medical attention. The government will take care of everything,” Singh said. “We are trying to figure out where she came from.”
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Indian police said Thursday they have launched an investigation after a newborn baby was found alive and well in a wooden box floating on the Ganga river.

The inside of the box was lined with red cloth and contained images of Hindu gods as well as a horoscope giving the date and time of the girl’s birth and name, Ganga — the Hindi word for the holy river.

The child, thought to be around a month old, was recovered earlier this week in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh by a man in a boat in bushes at the river’s edge.

“It is difficult to ascertain how long she had been floating in the river. The boatman heard a sound coming from the box and that’s how he found the baby,” local police official O.P. Singh told AFP.

“The baby is fine and is currently receiving medical attention. The government will take care of everything,” Singh said. “We are trying to figure out where she came from.”

 
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