India baby survives birth through train toilet

By AFP
Published: February 17, 2015
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This 2011 file photograph shows Indian commuters as they travel on an overcrowded train during rush hour at a suburban railway station in Mumbai. PHOTO: AFP

This 2011 file photograph shows Indian commuters as they travel on an overcrowded train during rush hour at a suburban railway station in Mumbai. PHOTO: AFP

JAIPUR: A Indian baby survived a shocking birth when he slipped down a train toilet and landed on railway tracks just moments after his mother delivered him, police said Tuesday.

The 22-year-old woman fainted in the tiny toilet cubicle on Monday after giving birth on the train, which had briefly halted before reaching Hanumangarh station in western Rajasthan state.

“The woman… felt acute labour pain, so she went to the toilet to relieve herself and gave birth to a baby boy who slipped down through the toilet bowl and fell on the tracks,” senior railway police official Subhash Vishnoi told AFP by phone.

Most Indian trains have western-style and squat toilets with filthy chutes that empty directly onto the tracks.

The train had already left for Hanumangarh by the time the woman’s family members found her unconscious in the toilet.

A local guard spotted the newborn crying on the tracks and informed the police, who admitted the baby to a nearby hospital.

“When the woman and her husband found their newborn alive and safe, they were very happy,” another police official Ram Singh said.

“They had not expected that the newborn would be alive.”

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  • Karachiwala
    Feb 17, 2015 - 10:00PM

    is this fiction? or real life?
    i can not comprehand, should i be happy to know a child is safe or
    should i pity on the behaviour of the mother, her husband, relatives who let her travel in such a condition.Recommend

  • Tamil Arasan
    Feb 17, 2015 - 11:09PM

    Sir why don’t you show any good rail service pictures from India, such as Mumbai Mono Rail or Mumbai Metro Service…? When ever there is a railway news from India I could only see such pictures, for your kind Information this is Delhi Metro

    Delhi Metro is India’s third urban mass rapid transportation system, after the Kolkata Metro and Chennai MRTS. It is India’s first modern rapid transit system too. As of December 2014, the network consists of five colour-coded lines (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Violet), plus a sixth Airport Express line, with a total length of 193 kilometres (120 mi), serving 140 stations (with 6 more Airport Express stations), of which 38 are underground, five are at-grade, and the rest are elevated. All stations have escalators, elevators, and tactile tiles to guide the visually impaired from station entrances to trains. It has a combination of elevated, at-grade, and underground lines, and uses both broad gauge and standard gauge rolling stock. Recommend

  • Bilal khan
    Feb 18, 2015 - 2:01AM

    @Tamil Arasan:
    Dear Tamil brother , yes you are talking about shinning India – the news relates to the not so shinning India in which the lady squatted , went in labor , and delivered child on the railway track – I bet it was not a modern metro rail system where she delivered Recommend

  • Tamil Arasan
    Feb 18, 2015 - 9:48AM

    @Bilal khan: Bro have you ever traveled by Indian train that you jump in to a conclusion that all Indian train is not so modern…!! this kind of incident happens all across the world, because even in many western nations there are trains which empty directly onto the tracks. And Indian railway is so huge that things can’t be changed overnight – I travel between Chennai to Mumbai very often and I have traveled by train in west also, but considering the fare I pay in India the service what I get from Indian railway is commendable – Distance Mumbai – Chennai is 1279 km and I pay Rs.516 for Sleeper (7.26 Euro), Rs. 1300 for AC 3-tier (18.30 Euro) Imagine how much I will be charged in Europe to commute this distance…!!

    By the way I am not saying Indian railway is the best in the world or all Indian railway services are world class, but I can assure you the service they provide is great considering the fare they charge, but there is still lot needs to be done and the present government is taking necessary steps…!!

    Please go through the below facts you will understand what I am trying to say…!!

    Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 65,436 km (40,660 mi) and 7,172 stations. In 2013–14, IR carried 8.425 billion passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers daily and 1050.18 million tons of freight in the year. In 2013–2014 Indian Railways had revenues of INR1441.67 billion (US$23 billion) which consists of INR940.0 billion (US$15 billion) from freight and INR375.0 billion (US$5.9 billion) from passengers tickets.

    Indian Railways is the world’s seventh largest commercial or utility employer, by number of employees, with over 1.307 million employees. As for rolling stock, IR holds over 239,281 Freight Wagons, 62,924 Passenger Coaches and 9,013 Locomotives (43 steam, 5,345 diesel and 4,568 electric locomotives). The trains have a 5 digit numbering system and runs 12,617 passenger trains and 7421 freight trains daily. As of 31 March 2013, 20,884 km (12,977 mi) (31.9%) of the total 65,436 km (40,660 mi) route length was electrified. Recommend

  • farhan
    Feb 18, 2015 - 10:06AM

    It happens only in indiaRecommend

  • Bilal Khan
    Feb 18, 2015 - 12:19PM

    @Tamil Arasan : Point noted. All in good spirit. Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 18, 2015 - 12:58PM

    1250 millions
    and they continue to breed like breathing every passing second
    they are breeding on roads, running vehicles, toilets…
    wonder what would they think of next !!!Recommend

  • Paola
    Feb 23, 2015 - 10:32AM

    @Karachiwala: Albeit true, your comment’s logic is western and in India it is an entirely different way of life out there.
    It might be good to learn about that culture before expecting them to follow ours.Recommend

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