• Abandoned baby gets a new lease in life as woman police constable tends to his needs
  • Archana, a police constable from Bengaluru, breastfed the abandoned newborn and saved him from starvation

A policewoman from India is being praised online after she breastfed an abandoned newborn; possibly saving his life in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

The baby was discovered wrapped inside a plastic bag and left abandoned near a construction site in Bengaluru’s Electronic city, after authorities received a call from a local shopkeeper who spotted the newborn.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Nagesh R was the first police officer to arrive at the scene.

“The baby was in bad shape. He was covered in blood and the umbilical chord was wrapped around his neck,” he told The Hindu.

The newborn was rescued by the Electronics City police, and found the warmth of a mother in Archana, a woman police constable, who breastfed him and saved him from starvation.

“We salute the Mother in our Lady Police Constable Archana of Bangalore City Police who rescued an abandoned new born and breastfed the infant, she had just returned from Maternity Leave (sic),” Bengaluru City Police wrote in Facebook post; adding the hashtag #ThankYouArchana.

Archana, mother to a three-month-old boy, had recently returned to work after her maternity leave. She picked up the baby and breastfed him.

“I just couldn’t bear it,” Ms Archana told BBC. “I felt like my child was crying and I had to feed the baby.”

Locals have named the newborn “little Kumaraswamy”; after the state’s newest chief minister who was sworn into office in May.