Thursday, June 7, 2012

Red Cross Bhawan Amritsar

Directly across from the end of A-Block Market, a busy street corner, on Ranjit Avenue. The building is directly between two hospitals, Green Hospital and Arora Emergency Medical Care Hospital.

 A view of the facility from the intersection.

The center of the wall contains a drop off location for unwanted baby girls. History states that the Deputy Commissioner K.S. Pannu of Amritsar worked with the Indian Red Cross Society to have the drop off installed in January 2008 for the prevention of female infanticide. Since its placement, an average of 15 babies a year have been saved. Most were girls with an average of 1 boy a year being dropped off. Here is one news story related to one of the babies left here.

Services Provided:
There is a sign directly at the entrance for "Red Cross Computers."  It indicates several services offered by this branch including basic classes in computer language and software.

Following with the principles and goals of the Indian Red Cross Society, the Amritsar branch also offers disaster assistance, promotes fundamental principles and humanitarian values and health and care of the local community. Specific service examples include HIV/AIDS awareness, child and family welfare and prevention of communicable and infections diseases.

Here is a closer image of the drop off location. As you can see there is a basket for the baby to be placed into. On average,
Above the baby is the word "Pangura" which means cradle. The word is also centered below the baby in red letters. The blue words read "Mapian valon anchahe navjot bachia da pangura, Zilla Red Cross Society Amritsar." It means for mothers who don't want their babies, they can leave it in the cradle. (Roughly translated- and Punjabi is phonetic so words may be spelled differently her in romanized version than you would see them elsewhere.)

1 comment:

  1. Interesting...I never really thought about other countries using an infant drop-off system (I know we have them in the US) It is brilliant that they are being used where infanticide is more common or accepted. It is good to know that some attitudes are changing and at least some little girls will get a chance.
    On another note..I am glad to see you post here, I have been worried about you. It is a credit to your writing that you are able to succeed in having faithful readers actually care about you (the real YOU..not just some anonymous blogger) I hope you will continue with your regular blog and allow me to follow you!
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