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Family pressured for compromise in Jalandhar infant death case

chandigarh Updated: Jul 27, 2012 21:14 IST
Sachin Sharma

Even as the state government is yet to take any action against the erring staff allegedly responsible for the death of three-day-old infant at civil hospital on Thursday, unidentified persons have initiated efforts to bring the family to a compromise.

Unidentified persons on Friday morning approached the family asking them not to pursue the case and offered them to negotiate for compromise instead.

Banso Devi (60), grandmother of the deceased newborn, claimed that two unknown persons came to their house on Friday morning and asked them not to press with the case since "they wouldn't get anything".

"At about 10am , these two persons who had come on a scooter knocked on our door. When I asked them to come inside, they did not but started asking me about the statement my son and daughter- in-law had given to the health officials," she said.

"When I told them that they have stated what had actually happened, one of them said that pursuing the case won't fetch the family anything. When I told them that we only want justice for the deceased child, one of the persons said 'you know what happened in the case of factory building collapse. The owner is roaming free now, so nothing will be done in this case also'."

"Soon after, two women also approached us with some papers which they asked me to sign. When I said that I would get these papers read from someone in the locality, they fled without even telling why they had come to the house. They only said that they were from the staff but did not reveal which staff," said Sanjeev, father of deceased.

Sanjeev said he was preparing a complaint to be filed against the hospital staff and the unidentified persons who approached his family for a compromise.

Meanwhile, health services and family welfare director Dr Karanjit convened a meeting with the probe committee which would submit its report by Saturday.

It has also come to the light that despite central scheme 'Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK)' under which sick newborns should be provided every treatment free of cost for a month from the day of birth, the staff in the pediatric ward demanded Rs 200 from the parents as fee for keeping the child in the phototherapy unit.

The director, however, maintained that the staff might have demanded fee for some other reason. The scheme has been implemented since April this year.

The three-day-old girl child had died in the civil hospital in Jalandhar on Thursday after the staff allegedly refused to keep the baby in the phototherapy unit as the parents were unable to pay Rs 200 as fee.

Meanwhile, medical Superintendent Dr Iqbal Singh who was on leave on Friday, when contacted on phone, claimed that removing the child from the phototherapy unit could not be the reason for her death and that the demise could be due to some other problem.