A nurse from a private clinic in Govandi, who allegedly posed as doctor and has been held responsible for the death of a 27-year-old after delivery, was arrested on Friday. The 40-year-old has been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Saira Bano, 27, was being treated by Anita Sawant, who claimed she was a doctor, at the Munshi nursing home in Govandi. “Around 3pm on September 15, Saira went into labour. When we took her to the hospital, Sawant told us that Saira won’t deliver so soon and asked us to take her home,” alleged Naushad Khan, Saira’s brother.
Saira, however, was in pain. At 6pm, the family took her to the clinic again, but was sent back by Sawant. “The pain hadn’t subsided till late at night, so we took her to the clinic again. Saira delivered a boy at 1.30am, but was bleeding excessively,” said Khan.
By next morning, her condition worsened, but Sawant allegedly did not allow Saira’s family to take her to another hospital. “We moved her to the Rajawadi hospital at 8.30am, where she was admitted to the ICU. She passed away at 10.30am. We later learned Sawant is a nurse and registered a case,” said Khan.
The family members then approached the Shivaji Nagar police. “We have registered a case under IPC section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 419 (cheating by impersonation),” said an officer.
Shocked by wife’s death, Saira’s husband, too, is unwell and has been admitted to a hospital.