India: Muslim girl born on Mahalaxmi Express train named after Hindu goddess

India: Muslim girl born on Mahalaxmi Express train named after Hindu goddess

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Mahalaxmi Express girl:Tayyab shared, “Some passengers who had traveled from Tirupati to the Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur said that the birth of my daughter on this train was like receiving darshan of the goddess. That’s why I decided to name her Mahalaxmi.”

Fatima Khatun, a 31-year-old Muslim woman from Mira Road, gave birth to a baby girl on board the Kolhapur-Mumbai Mahalaxmi Express on June 6. In a touching twist of fate, her husband named the baby Mahalaxmi, the Hindu goddess whose name adorns the train. The baby was born as the train crossed at the Lonavla stop, local media reported.

Fatima’s husband, Tayyab, decided to name their newborn Mahalaxmi, inspired by the train itself.

Tayyab shared, “Some passengers who had traveled from Tirupati to the Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur said that the birth of my daughter on this train was like receiving darshan of the goddess. That’s why I decided to name her Mahalaxmi.”

The couple, already blessed with three children, had embarked on the journey from Kolhapur to Mumbai as Fatima’s due date of June 20 approached.

However, fate had its own calendar.

Tayyab recounted the dramatic turn of events: “The train was stopped for more than two hours in Lonavla due to engine failure. When it started around 11 pm, my wife complained of abdominal pain and “She went to the bathroom. When she didn’t come back for a long time, I checked on her and found out that she had given birth to the baby.”

A quick reaction led Tayyab to contact the Government Railway Police (GRP) helpline, as advised by an officer on board.

Upon arrival at Karjat station, the family disembarked and were greeted by the quick response of the GRP and medical staff.

Savita Patil, assistant matron of the hospital, assured her well-being. Patil said both mother and baby were discharged from the hospital after three days of treatment.

(With contributions from agencies)

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Heena Sharma

Heena Sharma is a digital journalist who mainly writes about current geopolitical events. @HeenaSharma0819

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