Man Buries His Newly-Born Daughter Alive Because He Expected Male Child

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Indian police said on Wednesday that they have taken into custody, a man who allegedly buried his newborn daughter alive because he wanted a male child.

The baby was reportedly rescued by local villagers after they spotted her feet sticking up from a shallow pit in a farmland within the Jajpur district of the eastern state of Odisha.

The father of the child, Ramesh Chandra, was however, arrested by the police for attempted manslaughter.

The 35-year-old part-time taxi driver allegedly took
the baby from her mother soon after she was born on Saturday.

A police officer, Jyoti Prakash Pande, told reporters that, “They were unable to explain about the missing child after we scanned the locality for expecting mothers.

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Pande added that Chandra while been questioned admitted burying the baby, saying he was too poor to raise a daughter.

The officer revealed that the couple already has two daughters and a son and had aborted two earlier pregnancies.

It is unclear what will happen to the newborn, named Dharitri by staff at the hospital where she is under observation.

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