Earlier this week, a woman police constable in Hyderabad won the hearts of several people on social media for breastfeeding a two-month-old baby found outside a hospital.
Currently on maternity leave, Priyanka made her way to the police station after her husband M Ravinder, a police constable himself, told her about a crying infant at the station.
Priyanka reportedly rushed to the station and breastfed the child.
On Facebook, a post by the Hyderabad City Police stated that a man brought a baby girl to the police station after a lady had approached him near a hospital, handed him the infant, and said she would return “within a few minutes” after getting herself some water.
The woman, who was drunk, did not return. “As the baby was crying incessantly, he didn’t know what to do, then he went to his residence at Yakuthpura, Hyderabad along with the baby girl and tried to feed her with sachet milk, but he could not succeed to feed,” the post said. This left the man with little choice but to hand over the infant to the nearest Afzal Gunj police station.
After the baby was fed, the police shifted her to a Government maternity hospital.
While the initial attempts at finding her mother proved unsuccessful, fortunately, an assistant sub-inspector had discovered a lady looking for a lost child.
The mother, a ragpicker by profession, was soon brought to the station for enquiries. After conducting all the necessary checks, the child was reunited with her family, the police stated.
“The act of this power couple (Ravinder and Priyanka) has reiterated the commitment of the power in the service if the community,” the Hyderabad Police said in a statement.
In sacrificing her personal and family time in the performance of duty, Priyanka ensured that a young infant didn’t go hungry.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)