In an ugly display of coldheartedness of hospital authorities in the national capital, employees of a private hospital in west Delhi dumped the body of a newborn baby in a garbage bin on Monday morning.
The baby girl had died on Sunday night within 24 hours of her birth.
Making the matters worse, Delhi’s new health minister Satyendra Kumar Jain made a callous remark that the incident was reported from a private hospital and so reporters should ask questions about it to the hospital authorities only. “The hospital in question is a private hospital hence the state government cannot directly intervene in the matter,” he told reporters.
The Janakpuri police has registered a case against two employees of Mata Chanan Devi hospital in Janakpuri and are investigating the matter. According to the police, the case was registered after parents of the baby lodged a complaint accusing the hospital authorities of acute negligence.
“We are investigating the matter and two employees of the hospital seem to be involved in the incident,” said deputy commissioner of police (west) Ranvir Singh. The duo were identified as Pawan, 29 and Satish,
25, Class IV employees of the hospital.
The police have registered a case under section 297 of the IPC, also pertaining to depository for the remains of the dead, or intention of the person offering any indignity to any human corpse.
“The body was covered and thrown into garbage bin carrying biological waste of the hospital,” said a police official.
The police officials further said that the baby died of infection on Sunday night and the parents were not informed about the kind of treatment given to it.
Hospital authorities informed her parents about the death and asked them to complete formalities to claim the body. Investigations, sources say, revealed that the accused duo may have asked money from the parents to put the body in mortuary for sometime. However, officials refused to confirm it.