KARACHI (INP): The bodies of two new-born babies, a girl and a boy, were recovered from a garbage pile in Korangi’s Zaman Town in Karachi.
This is the second incident of its kind in a week. Two days earlier, the body of a newborn baby girl was recovered from Korangi’s Changa Chowrangi. Abandoned infants are sometimes recovered from junkyards and isolated places where parents feel the risk of being captured by police is low.
Statistics have revealed that a total of 45 bodies have been recovered in the city in 2014 alone while the ratio of female infants is higher as compared to male infants.
These bodies are buried without any legal proceedings or formalities and are handed to Chippa volunteers after a police inquiry. No action is taken against those perpetrating this crime and the police often do not register First Information Reports (FIRs) against the incident as the family is untraceable.
In Pakistan, the birth of children outside of marriage is condemned and adultery is a crime punishable by death under strict interpretations of Islamic law. Most children found are less than a week old.
“People leave these children mostly because they think they are illegitimate, but they are as innocent and loveable as all human beings,” the charity’s founder, humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, said in an earlier interview.