New born baby girl found inside a box floating in river Ganga


The box also contained among other things, photograph of Godess Durga and a chit declaring the child as “Daughter of the Ganga”

Ghazipur: A newborn girl was found abandoned inside a wooden box floating in river Ganga within the limits of the Kotwali police station in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh.

The box contained a chit declaring the baby girl as the “daughter of the Ganga”.

As per reports, a boatman, Gullu Chaudhary, was near the Dadri Ghat in Ghazipur on Monday (June 14) when he heard the baby’s cries and noticed the wooden box floating in the river. Gullu retrieved the box and opened it. 

He found the newborn girl alive in the box. She was wrapped in a red dupatta and a photograph of Goddess Durga, a horoscope and some incense sticks were kept inside the box. 

The boatman also found a chit inside the box declaring the baby girl as the daughter of the Ganga.

Later, the police were informed and the baby girl was admitted to the neonatal care unit of the state-run women’s hospital in the district before being shifted to a children’s home. 

Taking note of the recovery of baby girl, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that the state government will bear the cost of nurturing her. 

The CM also praised the boatman for presenting a “unique example of humanity” by rescuing the newborn found inside a ‘sandook’ (wooden box) floating in river Ganga. “As a token of gratitude, he [boatman] will be benefitted by all eligible government schemes,” the CM said.

“The Uttar Pradesh government will make arrangements for the upbringing of the child,” the CM tweeted in Hindi.

After the CM made the announcement, the district magistrate and other officials reached the hospital to check the baby’s health. The DM has issued directions to provide a new boat to Gullu. 

Gullu has reportedly evinced the desire to raise the “daughter of the Ganga”.