It’s been well over a year since Mohini and Mohan Nerurkar’s three-day-old baby went missing from the civic-run Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, popularly known as Sion Hospital. Now, the Bombay High Court wants answers.
A bench of Justices BH Marlapalle and Amjad Sayed has directed the state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to file an implementation report on the guidelines framed to prevent such incidents in public hospitals. The judges have asked public prosecutor Pandurang Pol to submit the report in two weeks.
On May 6, 2009, the high court had framed several guidelines, which were to be implemented in municipal-run, semi-government, and government hospitals across the state. One of the measures suggested was installation of a computerised biometrics system to record footprints, fingerprints and birthmarks, if any, within two hours of a child's birth or admission.
BMC counsel, KK Singhvi had told the court that they had implemented the system at the Sion Hospital, but needed at least nine months to put it in place at other civic hospitals.