Couple to adopt an abandoned infant

A couple has decided to adopt a baby boy who was found abandoned on October 11. They have already put up an application for adoption of the baby to the National Commission of Women and Children (NCWC).

“We are waiting for the formalities to be done for the adoption of the child,” said the couple.

On the evening of October 11, the couple found the infant child from the park below Voluntary Artists Studio in Thimphu (VAST). The couple from Gedu is in Thimphu for the wife’s medical treatment and was staying with their relatives near the Tarayana building.

According to the couple, they heard the abandoned baby crying while going for a walk in the park. The found the baby covered with a cloth and with some blood on its skin. After rescuing the baby and taking care of the baby until October 16, they had to take the baby to hospital as he was unwell. The doctor in the hospital had then informed the police.

According to a hospital official, the baby was brought to the hospital in good health, but was suffering from physiological jaundice, which is not serious as it is normal for newborn babies to have jaundice.

The official said, “After seeing the baby healthy and out of danger, the hospital did not admit the baby and handed over the baby to the couple on the same day.”

According to the hospital official, the baby must have been abandoned for around just an hour before the couple found it.  Normally an infant cannot survive in the cold for more than 2 to 3 hours.

The Penal Code of Bhutan, 2004, Section 215 states that a defendant shall be guilty of the offence of abandonment of an infant or a child, if a defendant is a parent, guardian, or other person legally charged with the care or custody of an infant or a child and the defendant leaves the infant or child in any place with the intent to abandon the infant or child.

Section 218 states that the offence of abandonment of an infant or a child shall be a misdemeanour.

Police are investigating the case and have yet to find the parent/parents of the infant boy.

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