Indian baby girl rescued after being buried alive

HYDERABAD, India, July 7, 2007 (AFP) – A baby girl buried alive by her grandfather in southern India was in good condition on Saturday after being rescued, hospital officials said. The child’s grandfather and mother have been arrested for attempted murder following the baby’s rescue in Mahbubnagar district, 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh state.

“The baby is doing well,” Madhav Rao, a doctor at Niloufer government hospital said. “She’s quite active and all vital organs are functioning well.”

The baby was only two days old when she was saved on Thursday by passers-by, who spied stray dogs digging up a graveyard pit that had a child’s hand sticking out, police told AFP.

They “dug open the pit and found the baby girl alive and crying,” police official Mohan Rao said.

The rescuers called police, who took her to hospital, he said.

“After she stabilises, we will shift her to the government-run facility for abandoned and orphaned children in Hyderabad,” he said.

The child was born last Tuesday to Mariam Bee, 21, who had been abandoned by her husband.

Bee’s father, a small-time scrap dealer identified only as Rah