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10-year-old’s rape: Father wants PGIMER to handle pregnant child’s treatment

Father works at some GMCH doctors’ homes and hence wants to avoid treatment there, says a social welfare department official.

punjab Updated: Aug 01, 2017 13:48 IST
Aneesha Bedi
A senior official of the social welfare department, requesting anonymity, told HT, “The father has been working in the houses of doctors of GMCH-32 and hence the sense of familiarity with them makes him want to avoid treatment there.”
A senior official of the social welfare department, requesting anonymity, told HT, “The father has been working in the houses of doctors of GMCH-32 and hence the sense of familiarity with them makes him want to avoid treatment there.” (HT File/Representative image )

As the focus in the 10-year-old’s rape case shifted from her abortion plea’s rejection to her health till the delivery, various stakeholders are reaching out to the family to ensure the child gets best possible treatment as the Supreme Court last week had said that is important now. 

However, the father of the victim is keen that treatment be carried out at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) instead at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. While Supreme Court orally pronounced the order, detailed judgment is awaited, and directed the treating doctors to provide best possible medical aid and treatment for the girl, it was assumed that GMCH-32 would be doing the needful since that is where the girl was first taken.

However, in the latest development, the father pleaded the social welfare department officials and counsellor for treatment at PGI. Officials of the UT social welfare department met State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), member-secretary, Mahavir Singh, on Monday to discuss the same.

Talking to HT, Singh said, “I cannot exactly be giving my view on this since it is for the hospital authorities to decide. PGIMER doctors were asked to give their opinion and they did that. It depends on the family and what GMCH doctors do in this case.”  Sources said the social welfare department officials were planning to take up this plea with Dr Alka Sehgal, head of the gynaecology department, GMCH-32.

‘Patient, kin free to go to PGI’

Dr Alka Sehgal, said, “The patient or her family are not bound by the court orders in something like this. If they wish to go to PGI, it is absolutely fine.” The doctor added that they were still awaiting official order from the SC in this regard. “The girl hasn’t come for any check up post the SC verdict to us, but I was myself planning to get Dr Vanita Suri of PGI to give her view on dealing with this case,” added Dr Sehgal. 

A senior official of the social welfare department, requesting anonymity, told HT, “The father has been working in the houses of doctors of GMCH-32 and hence the sense of familiarity with them makes him want to avoid treatment there. It has more to do with that than him not trusting the level of medical expertise at GMCH-32.” 

No compensation at this stage 

Slamming rumours about the proposed compensation being awarded to the family of the 10-year-old, Mahavir Singh, said, “No compensation is being awarded to the family at this stage. The compensation under the ‘Victim Assistance Scheme’ can only be awarded once the trial is over and the judge in that court gives us directions.” In earlier such cases, a compensation of Rs 10 lakh was awarded. He added that at most interim relief can be granted if an application in this regard was moved by the family itself. 

Neil Roberts, director, Child Welfare Committee (CWC), said, “The family is not interested in compensation at this stage. We asked the father if he was keen on interim relief, he clearly refused.”