In yet another case of abandonment of a girl child in Rajasthan, a two-year-old girl was found at a doctor's house in Jhunjhunu and the police Saturday said they suspected the infant was left discreetly when the doctor was away on duty at a hospital.
"Doctor V.D. Bajia was in hospital on duty while some patients were waiting for him at his house. His family members saw a girl crying and when enquired about her parents, no one came forward. They waited for almost an hour and then called Bajia," a police officer told IANS.
The officer said that Bajia rushed home and waited some more time for her parents to return if they had left her mistakenly. "However, the girl was finally brought to the nursery of BDK Hospital here," said the officer.
According to police, the child was left Friday evening at Bajia's house in Jhunjhunu town, some 150 km from Rajasthan's capital Jaipur.
Police said the girl is in a state of shock and unable to tell anything about her parents.
"We hope to find the parents soon as we have got some definite clues in the case. Further investigation is on," said the officer.
Several incidents of girls being abandoned by their parents have been reported in Rajasthan recently in a grim reminder of the fact that girls are less desirable than boys here.
An eight-month-old girl was found wrapped in a cloth near a reservation window of the Rajasthan Roadways bus stand in Bundi May 19. Similarly, an infant girl, apparently abandoned by her parents, was found at the doorstep of a children's home in Udaipur May 9.
According to the 2011 Census, Rajasthan has 883 girls between the age of 0-6 for every 1,000 boys. The state's sex ratio in 2001 was 909.