Muslim Couple Names Daughter Mahalaxmi, After Train Where She Was Delivered

Muslim Couple Names Daughter Mahalaxmi, After Train Where She Was Delivered

Muslim Couple Names Daughter Mahalaxmi, After Train Where She Was Delivered

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A GRP constable onboard advised Tayyab to contact the GRP helpline when his wife went into labour on the train. 

11th June 2024

By Sukhmani Kooner 

A woman named Fatima Khatun, aged 31 and hailing from Mira Road, delivered a baby girl on 6th June aboard the Kolhapur-Mumbai Mahalaxmi Express after the train had passed Lonavala station. Her husband, Tayyab, has chosen to name the newborn Mahalaxmi in honour of the train.

Tayyab, appreciating the swift assistance from Karjat Government Railway Police (GRP) for his wife and newborn, shared that some fellow passengers, who were travelling from Tirupati to the Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur, likened his daughter’s birth on the train to receiving blessings from the goddess. Therefore, he decided to name her Mahalaxmi.

As Fatima’s expected delivery date was 20th June, they opted to travel by train from Kolhapur to Mumbai on 6th June. Tayyab mentioned that the train had stopped for over two hours at Lonavala due to engine issues. When it resumed around 11 pm, Fatima experienced abdominal pain and went to the restroom. Not seeing her return for a while, Tayyab checked on her and discovered that she had given birth. Female passengers on the train came forward to assist them.

A GRP constable onboard advised Tayyab to contact the GRP helpline when his wife went into labour on the train. Upon reaching Karjat station, the family disembarked. API Mukesh Dhange of Karjat GRP coordinated with the Karjat sub-district hospital, prompting nurse Shivangi Salunke and staff to promptly arrive at the station. Fatima and her newborn were swiftly transported to the hospital for further medical care. Savita Patil, the assistant matron at the hospital, confirmed that after three days of treatment, both mother and baby were discharged from the hospital.

This heartening story of Fatima Khatun giving birth to her daughter, Mahalaxmi, on the Kolhapur-Mumbai Mahalaxmi Express exemplifies the beauty of communal harmony and human compassion. Despite differences in backgrounds and beliefs, passengers and authorities rallied together to ensure the safety and well-being of Fatima and her newborn. From assistance provided by fellow travellers and the GRP constable to the quick response of medical personnel at Karjat station, this narrative underscores the importance of unity and empathy in our society. 

In times of need, it is the spirit of cooperation and understanding that transcends barriers, fostering a harmonious environment where individuals from diverse walks of life can come together to support one another. This uplifting tale serves as a reminder of the inherent goodness within humanity and the power of collective action in fostering communal harmony.