cradleA unique initiative taken by one a non government organization is giving a hope for abandoned newborns. City NGO Bal Vikas Sanstha has kept cradle outside its premises where newborns who rejected by one of their own can be left. Started in the year 1984, the Bal Vikas Sanstha has been providing shelter to orphaned children, feeding them and educating them. Jayssita Panigrahi, the trustee of this sanstha will never forget the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations of 2007. The day the city bid adieu to the elephant god, Panigrahi found the lifeless body of an infant wrapped in a plastic bag. The whole newborn baby’s front portion was eaten up by dogs. That is why, in January this year, Panigrahi got a special cradle installed outside the sanstha to ensure that mothers do not throw away their new born babies but atleast make an attempt to put them in a safe environment. Infants abandoned in unsafe surroundings often suffer from some complication or the other due to their low immunity and vulnerability. The case of Mrutyunjay, the infant who was abandoned on pieces of glass in August 2007, is an example of this. The child is one and half years old and is yet to learn to speak or walk. He is visually impaired and the sanstha suspect that he might even be mentally challenged. The Center’s

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