A fisherman has been rewarded by the government for rescuing an infant in a river.
Captain Gullu Chaudhary told the authorities that he was alarmed by the 21-day-old baby’s cry in River Ganges in the city of Ghazipur, in the northern Uttar Pradesh state. He was reportedly attending to various tasks with colleagues.
In his naration, his colleagues were too afraid to approach the wooden box from which a baby’s cry was heard, so he decided to take it out and open it.
In an almost similar fashion of how Biblical Moses was rescued by an Egyptian woman from River Nile, the baby girl was reportedly wrapped in a red cloth inside the box.
Baby’s name coincides with river she was found in
Further, the infant was surrounded with decorative garments including an Indian waistband around her, and images of Hindu gods. There was also a birth card with her name “Ganga” and birth date. Coincidentally, her name is Indian for River Ganges, where she was found.
Videos of the rescue operation went viral, and Chaudhary began receiving calls of couples who wanted to adopt the child.
During one incident when a couple approached the boatman with an interest to adopt her, the police intervened and took the child to hospital.
Ganga is said to be in good condition, and will be raised by state authorities once she leaves the hospital. “The baby is fine and under the observation of doctors. We are trying to ascertain facts in this incident,” a police official said.
The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, praised the boatman for his “matchless example of humanity” in saving the baby. Effectively, he promised Chaudhary benefits including a new boat and a house, courtesy of the state.
According to the authorities, the incident is just a mirror of the many females who are often dumped while young or aborted, especially among the poor families.
Apparently, for this gender, opportunities for education and work are limited, allegedly making them a financial burden to raise.