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DNA report refutes Dharavi resident's baby swap allegation

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 7:15am IST | Agency: dna

A woman and her family's allegation against Sion hospital that it swapped her stillborn baby boy with a dead baby girl has been refuted by a DNA report from Kalina forensic laboratory. The Sion police received the report on Monday and have submitted a copy of it to the hospital authorities.

Dharavi resident Samina Sheikh, 30, had delivered a stillborn child on April 28 at 11am in the labour ward of Sion hospital after undergoing a C-section. However, in the afternoon, when the nurse had brought a girl child and handed her over to the relatives, they had created a furore and alleged that Samina had delivered a boy. They had alleged that hospital authorities have swapped their boy with a girl. The family had approached the Sion police and lodged a complaint against the hospital. The police had immediately started their investigation and collected DNA samples of Samina and the girl child.

Samina's husband is said to be in prison in connection with a theft case and she lives with her 12-year-old daughter. She had delivered a baby boy a few years ago who too had died after birth.

Inspector Dattaram Girap said, "We received the report on Monday from Kalina forensic laboratory, which clearly stated that the DNA sample of Samina and the child matched. We have also pointed out that there was no scope of swapping the baby as she was the only patient in the labour ward five hours before and after her delivery according to the ward register."

We have informed the hospital dean and are seeking his opinion if they want to file a complaint against Samina and her family for misusing government machinery, Girap added.

However, dean Dr Avinash Supe said, "Our reputation is now restored and we don't want to take any action against the deceased baby's mother for registering a false complaint. Already she is undergoing a lot of trauma... we don't want to add to her problems."

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