A three-year-old girl was rescued by locals after she was left locked inside a parked car, while her parents were allegedly eating breakfast at a restaurant at Shamshabad, on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Media reports suggest that the family was traveling to Bengaluru from Hyderabad and had stopped to eat breakfast at a restaurant in Shamshabad.
A video taken by an onlooker shows the 3-year-old screaming and crying at the backseat of the car after discovering that she had been left behind by her parents. On hearing her cries, locals gathered outside.
A reporter, who was on the spot said that locals located the father who realised that he had lost the key and the car had been central locked.
Visuals show the crowd trying to tap the window and wrench open the car door, even as the child continued to scream.
The video also shows the child crowded in the backseat as luggage was piled on the other seat.
Hyderabad City Police and Hyderabad Traffic Police were involved in the rescue operations.
The video concludes with one man using a crowbar to open the rear door, as the car’s alarm goes off.
Parents were reportedly upset that a video had been shot by a bystander.
While the crowd reportedly shamed the parents when they returned, the parents reportedly defended their action stating that they didn’t want to wake their sleeping child.
There have been several instances in the past of parents or caretakers forgetting the baby/child placed in the backseat of the car.
In the US, on an average 38 children in a year die after being trapped in closed cars. The children suffer and die from excess heat that develops inside the car, according to statistics from kidsandcars.org, a public safety awareness website for child safety around automobiles.