POLICE in Hyderabad, India recently rescued a newborn baby girl as her family was about to bury her alive in a hastily-dug pit.
Mobile phone footage of the incident, which has since gone viral on social media, shows police officers approaching and confronting a man holding a bundle of blankets, as another man nearby digs a hole in the ground with his hands.
As a cop confronts one of the men, he admits that they were in the process of burying an infant – but says that it had died at a hospital earlier.
But the baby begins to move under the blankets, and the jig was up.
It soon emerged that the man holding the baby girl was her own grandfather. He said that when he learned that his daughter had given birth to a girl at a nearby hospital, he and the rest of his family decided not to bring it home, the Daily Mail reported.
The grandfather and the second man – also a relative of the baby – were arrested and released after having their statements taken.
According to the Daily Mail, the baby girl is undergoing treatment at hospital while an investigation is carried out.
The incident was brought to light by a taxi driver, who alerted the police when he noticed the two men acting suspiciously, with one of carrying a bag, while the other dug a hole not far from a bus stop.
India is still plagued by the widespread infanticide of baby girls who are seen as a financial burden because of the dowry to be paid when they marry.