A baby girl lying in a drain, covered in dirt and mud - the first of a series of photos tweeted by the police in Uttar Pradesh's Budaun - tell the story of one of the many girl children abandoned across the nation every year.
Then she is rescued by the police and taken to a hospital.
On this occasion, the baby proved lucky. She was spotted by a person passing by and the police were informed. The tweeted photos show the rescue - an officer holding her gently and she being taken to a hospital in a police vehicle.
Along with other policemen, constable Rishi Pal, who is seen holding the baby in the photo, took her to the district hospital where doctors immediately put her under emergency care.
The police tweeted another photo that shows the baby recovering inside the intensive care unit. This time she has been cleaned of all the dirt, and is seen comfortably sleeping on a soft sheet surrounded by an array of medical equipment.
The police said they have filed a case against unknown people for abandoning the baby, who could have died if they had not rescued her on time.
India's sex ratio, or the number of women per 100 men, fell from 898 in 2014-16 to 896 in 2015-17, according to government data.
The centre runs a gender awareness programme 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' under which girl children are given financial help for education and other facilities in the district level.
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