Mumbai: Baby kidnapping thwarted at Rajawadi Hospital

30-year-old woman flees with four-month-old from Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar after mother visits bathroom; nabbed by the infant's mum with the help of the hospital staff after rickshaw chase

The Tilak Nagar police have arrested a 30-year-old lady for kidnapping a four-year-old boy from Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar.

Representation PIC
Representation PIC

The incident took place on Saturday and the police allege that the childless accused fancied having a baby boy, so she hatched a plan to kidnap one.

The accused has been identified as Shabana Khatoon Khan and was nabbed red-handed by the infant's mother with the help of the hospital staff. According to police officials, at around 7 am on Saturday, Shakuntala Kanojia, who is resident of Ramabai Nagar in Ghatkopar, had got her son to Rajawadi hospital for a routine health check up. “At the time that Kanojia was standing in a queue at the hospital, the baby pooped in his pants. While she was trying to clean the mess, the accused approached her on the pretext of helping her,” said an officer.

When Kanojia went to the bathroom to tidy up, leaving her baby with Khan, the accused fled from the spot. “Khan went out of the hospital and escaped in an auto-rickshaw. Kanojia followed her along with hospital staff and nabbed her at a signal near Somaiya College,” said the officer.

Khan has been booked under Section 363 (kidnapping) and remanded to police custody.

It's routine
>> In 2013, a woman kidnapped two-month-old Salman Shaikh from his mother's arms as she slept on Dadar Railway Station. The incident was captured on CCTV but the child could not be traced.
>> In April 2015, 39-year-old Kalpana Parmar kidnapped a baby from her sleeping parents at CST station. She couldn't have a child of her own and was desperate for a baby. She was later arrested.
>> In September 2015, the RPF arrested a 45-year-old woman with learning disabilities for kidnapping a four-month-old baby from Haji Ali subway.

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