A first-time mother's childbirth became traumatic when she delivered her baby in a taxi on Wednesday, prompting an inquiry by the authorities.
Twenty-one-year-old Amreen of Kashmir's northeastern Ganderbal district gave birth to a baby boy in a taxi after a gynaecologist at the sub-district hospital reportedly turned her away, citing that there was still more time for delivery. She was advised more check-ups and some tests as the doctor believed the baby to be underweight.
Ganderbal chief medical officer (CMO) Dildar Mir claimed the woman had no labour pains when she first arrived at the hospital and was sent home in an ambulance.
"Amreen says she came for the check-up at 3am after she had felt some discomfort. But when the doctor checked her, she found that there was still time. The hospital ambulance then dropped her home. At 10am, she phoned the gynaecologist and complained of labour pains. But before the ambulance could reach to pick her up from her house, she and her family had already left in a private taxi," Mir said.
"The birth in the taxi was just coincidental," he said, adding: "In only a matter of minutes, she could have been in the hospital and would have given birth to her son there."
The mother and the infant were taken to the Ganderbal hospital. Both of them are reported to be out of danger.
Following public outcry, an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
The CMO said he would submit his report after ascertaining all the facts and meeting with the woman and her family.