Taking cognizance of the alleged callousness of the Jalandhar civil hospital staff that led to the death of a four-day-old girl child, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) wrote a letter to Punjab chief secretary on Friday, seeking a detailed report on the shocking incident within 10 days, along with a copy the first information report in the case.
"It is not a case of negligence, but tantamount to murder. This is just not acceptable. The government must take severest action against all those found responsible for denying proper treatment to the ailing child for want to money," NCPCR member Vinod Kumar Tikoo told Hindustan Times.
The child rights' body, whose mandate is to inquire into violation of child rights and ensure action in such cases, has decided to closely monitor the investigation into the death of the newborn due to alleged negligence of the hospital staff.
The state government is, however, still to register an FIR in the incident. It though has constituted an inquiry committee comprising members of the hospital staff.
The hospital staff had demanded Rs 200 from the parents of the newborn as fee for keeping her in the phototherapy unit even though a centrally-sponsored scheme entitled them to free post-natal care and treatment. When the family could not pay the fee, the baby was taken out of phototherapy unit and she died the same evening.