A three-day-old girl was found abandoned outside Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled at HSR Layout on Sunday.
The baby was wrapped in a dupatta and kept inside a bag tied to a pole at a certain height from the road level.
Trustee of Samarthanam, S P Nagesh, said the baby was found at 4 am by a security guard.
“We found the baby when our children went out for morning prayers. We took the baby to a hospital to check if she was in good health,” he said, adding that this was the third abandoned baby found by the trust this year. Nagesh informed the H S R Layout police.
Meanwhile, the trust plans to keep the baby and give it up for adoption. Nagesh said they were unsure of the facilities available in shishu mandiras to take care of the baby.
Anna Rao, District Child Protection Officer, said the child will have to be handed over to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) at the earliest. “Holding custody of a child aged below 18 years in this manner is illegal. It is a violation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000. The issue has to be looked into by the CWC and the child should be shifted to a shishu mandira,” he said. Rao added that they would search for the baby’s parents with the assistance of the police.
Nagesh said that the trust had no plans of handing it over to government homes. “If needed, we will take a legal course of action in this matter,” he said.
HSR Layout police said that search was on to trace the parents.