Jodhpur: A newborn girl abandoned by her
parents, who are fighting with another couple to claim a boy,
was finally breastfed for the first time since her birth in
Ummed government hospital here.
The girl, who was mistakenly exchanged with the boy by
the hospital staff on March 25, has not been accepted by any
of the two couples and is currently under the supervision of
the nursery unit of the hospital.
Due to the dispute, the girl was deprived of
breastfeeding and the hospital administration also did not
allow one of the mothers to breastfeed the infant in the
absence of an undertaking that the girl belongs to them.
After the High Court and State Commission for Women took
suo motu cognizance of the matter yesterday, the hospital
administration allowed one of the mothers to breastfeed the
"Poonam Kanwar, one of the mothers, was allowed last
night to breastfeed the baby girl. It was the baby`s first
breastfeeding since her birth," Dr Narendra Changani,
Superintendent of Ummed Government Hospital, said.
"The couple (Poonam Kanwar and Chain Singh) did not
accept the girl and said that they will go for a DNA test. On
Sunday, Chain Singh said that they were ready to take care of
the girl and want to take her home. He was taking two stands
so I asked him for a written undertaking to avoid any further
dispute in future," Changani said.
On the other hand, Chain Singh said that he offered the
hospital administration that his wife was ready to breastfeed
the girl on humanitarian ground and it did not mean that they
were ready to accept the girl and take her home before the DNA
"My wife offered breastfeeding in view of the baby`s
health. It is not true that I asked the hospital
administration that I am ready to take the baby home. Before
the DNA test report, we cannot take a decision," he said.
After delivery on March 25, the hospital staff gave the
boy to Poonam Kanwar wife of Chain Singh but after around two
hours, they said that the boy was mistakenly handed over to
her and took him back. The staffers then gave her the girl
saying she was born to her.
The boy was handed over the Reshmi Devi, wife of Sagar
Ram, after which Chain Singh and his family members created a
ruckus and claimed that the boy belongs to them and rejected
A committee looked into the matter and prima-facie found
that the boy belongs to Reshmi and the girl belongs to Poonam
Matching of blood samples also made it clear that the
girl belonged to Poonam. However, they were not satisfied so
the hospital administration decided to go in for a DNA test
and its report is awaited.