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Bareilly teen rape victim gives birth in ambulance as nurse refuses to help

india Updated: Oct 13, 2016 13:54 IST
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The teen rape survivor was taken to the district hospital in Bareilly after the nurse at the community health centre refused to assist her in delivery. The girl delivered in the ambulance and the umbilical cord was cut by the duty nurse at the district hospital. (Chandan Kumar / HT Photo )

A teenage rape survivor who lost a legal battle to terminate her pregnancy gave birth to a baby boy in an ambulance early Thursday after a nurse refused to assist her in the delivery.

The 14-year-old was repeatedly raped by a man in her village on the pretext of marriage. He abandoned her when she conceived.

The girl and her family had campaigned unsuccessfully to abort the foetus in a case that highlighted administrative apathy. They were first declined permission for abortion by two courts in Bareilly and finally by the Allahabad high court, which on August 22 ordered the CMO to review her case.

The survivor’s hope of abortion ended on September 13 when a medical panel in Bareilly declined permission citing advance pregnancy.

At 11pm on Wednesday, the girl was taken to the community health centre (CHC) Shergarh in an ambulance after she complained of labour pain.

The auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) at the CHC checked her and informed the family members to prepare for delivery. But when she came to know about the rape case the, she asked the family members to take the girl to the district hospital.

“The ANM asked us to bring her here (district hospital) and returned to her room,” said the aunt of the rape survivor who was at the CHC.

The nurse also declined to arrange an ambulance and allegedly asked the family members to take the girl to district hospital in an auto rickshaw.

The family members finally called another ambulance to reach Bareilly. She gave birth to the baby in the ambulance en route to the district hospital at around 2 am. The ambulance reached the hospital by 2:30 am.

The girl was attended by the duty nurse who admitted her and cut the umbilical cord.

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When asked about the incident chief medical officer (CMO) of Bareilly, Vijay Yadav refused to pull up the nurse.

“The nurse must have referred her to district hospital to avoid any complications during delivery,” he said.

The nurse at the CHC who declined help and the doctor in-charge could not be reached for comments.

The girl and the child are expected to remain at the hospital till Saturday.

Chronology of events
  • The teenage rape survivor was taken to Community Health Centre at around 11 pm on Wednesday night in a 108 Ambulance after she complained of labour pain. On reaching there the ANM at the CHC administered her and informed the family members to prepare for delivery. But when she came to know about the rape case the nurse asked the family members to take the girl to district hospital.
  • "The ANM asked us to bring her here (district hospital) and returned to her room," said the aunt of the rape survivor who was with the girl at the CHC.
  • Further, the nurse even declined to arrange for an ambulance and allegedly asked the family members to take the girl to District hospital in an auto rickshaw.
  • After being abandoned from the CHC, the family members called another 108 ambulance to reach Bareilly. The baby was delivered in the ambulance en route to District hospital at around 2 am. The ambulance reached the district hospital by 2:30am
  • After reaching the district hospital the girl was attended by the duty nurse who admitted her and cut the umbilical cord.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Bareilly Vijay Yadav when asked about the incident claimed that girl was refereed to the district hospital to avoid complications. "The nurse must have referred her to district hospital to avoid any complications during delivery."The nurse of the CHC who declined help and the Doctor in-charge could not be reached for comments

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