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Brief Baby Mixup Leads to Major Controversy in India

Brief Baby Mixup Leads to Major Controversy in India

A baby girl born in India on March 25th is being cared for by hospital staff because her parents, Poonam Kanwar and Chain Singh, do not believe she is theirs. They've laid claim to a baby boy who was born in the same hospital at the same time, but to another couple.

The dispute originated when hospital staffers mistakenly handed the wrong baby to Poonam Kanwar. Although she has now breast fed both the boy and the girl, she and her husband say they will not accept the girl as theirs until a DNA tests proves it.

While the two families involved in the dispute await the test's results, people in India are talking about what is believed to be the underlying issue: a strong cultural preference for boys over girls. Lad Kumari Jain, chair of  the Rajasthan State Women's Commission, told the Christian Post, "In districts of western Rajasthan, including Jaisalmer and Barmer, cases of female feticide and infanticide are quite rampant due to a certain mindset."

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