A day after Rekha Gohil (27), an eight-month pregnant woman, delivered her baby on the footpath, because she was turned away from a municipal maternity home at Mahim, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has set up an internal inquiry into the matter.
“We will take disciplinary action against whoever is found guilty. The preliminary report should be submitted by tomorrow,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Manisha Mhasikar.
Rekha and her baby are recuperating at Sion Hospital. It was after the delivery, when the police arrived, that the hospital authorities rushed and took her in.
“They were only watching the tamasha until then,” said her husband. While the baby was sent to Sion Hospital for neo-natal care, Rekha was made to stay at the Mahim maternity home for blood transfusion as she had lost a lot of blood.
However, the transfusion never happened before she was shifted to Sion Hospital on Tuesday.
“I was already embarrassed because there were so many men around during the delivery,” said Rekha. “The nurses told me the baby needs to be fed by me, but I am so weak I can’t even walk. I won’t be able to forget those traumatic moments,” she added.
Rekha with her husband, Kishorilal, who works as a conservancy worker with the ward office in Dadar, went to the maternity home when she got premature labour pains. After a check up, the hospital declared she was weak and refused to admit her.
“They asked us to go to some other hospital knowing that Rekha’s condition was critical,” Kishorilal said. After leaving the hospital, while Kishorilal went to fetch a taxi, Rekha delivered the baby on the footpath.
The authorities from the maternity home refused to comment.