Newborn girl found floating in wooden box in river

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A 21-day-old baby girl has been found floating in the Ganges river in a wooden box.

Gullu Chaudhary, a boatman in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, said he found the baby wrapped in a red scarf after hearing her cries, the BBC reported.

Mr Chaudhary said other people nearby also heard the baby’s cries but did nothing to help.

"But I rushed to rescue her. When I opened the wooden box, I found her,” he told local reporters.

Mr Chaudhary picked up the child and took her to his house, where police picked her up and took her to hospital for an examination, the publication reported.

The baby girl seen wrapped in a blanket.
A 21-day-old baby girl has been found floating in the Ganges river in a wooden box. Source: ANIL KUMAR/BBC

The infant will be taken to a shelter home at a later date.

Police said the girl’s wooden box was decorated with Hindu deities and included a horoscope card which said the baby’s name is Ganga and had her time and date of birth.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said Mr Chaudhary will be rewarded with government benefits, including a house, for his "matchless example of humanity”, the publication reported.

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