Priyanka, a constable on maternity leave, rushed to Afzalgunj Police Station in Hyderabad after her husband, the cop on duty, told her about a crying two-month-old baby.
In a heartwarming gesture, a woman constable in Begumpet area of Hyderabad went beyond her call of duty and breastfed an abandoned two-month-old baby at Afzalgunj Police Station.
On Sunday night, the baby was handed over to one Mohammed Irfan by a woman who told him she would return in a while. Irfan, who was near Osmania hospital, took the baby home when the woman did not return for long. He tried feeding the baby milk, but did not succeed.
He then informed his friends and relatives, after which the baby was handed over to police officials at Afzalgunj Police Station. Witnessing the plight of the crying baby, Constable M Ravinder, on duty at the station then, informed his wife, Priyanka. Priyanka, also a constable who was on maternity leave, came down to the station for the baby, NDTV reported.
In a statement to ANI, she said: “After I received the call, I immediately booked a cab and rushed towards Afzalgunj Police Station. I am a mother to a small baby, so I understood the baby was crying due to hunger. I immediately breastfed her and she calmed down.”
The baby was then taken to Government Maternity Hospital in Petalburz. The police later tracked down the mother, Shabana Begum, a ragpicker, who was drunk when she gave her baby to Irfan. She said she couldn’t find her way back to the spot where Irfan was waiting for her with the baby.
According to a statement by DCP (East Zone) M Ramesh, “She was crying, saying her child had gone missing. The police took her to the hospital where she identified the baby, after which the mother and daughter were united,” The News Minute reported.
Later, the Hyderabad Police Commissioner awarded the constable couple for their kind gesture while on duty.
This isn’t the first time a cop’s actions have been applauded. In October 2018, a police constable from Moosapet Police Station in Telangana’s Mahbubnagar district won hearts for holding a baby outside the Stipendiary Cadet Trainee Police Constables (SCTPC) exam centre while the infant’s mother wrote her exam.