The vice-president of the Haryana women's commission Suman Dhaiya has recommended action against chief medical officer (CMO) Jhajjar, Ramesh Dhankar, for poor management in the district's civil hospital, particularly the electricity failure in the labour room during a delivery last week.
Dhaiya reached Jhajjar on Tuesday to probe the allegations leveled against six persons, including journalists, of forcibly entering the labour room and filming a woman who was giving birth. She told reporters, "I visited the hospital and saw poor infrastructure of the hospital, especially in the labour room. Now we have sought action against the CMO."
"The CMO is responsible for the electricity failure and also if the men entered the labour room it also shows the poor security arrangements by the hospital," Dhaiya said, adding that Dhankar did not turn up to meet her and instead sent three subordinates despite official information to him.
Dhaiya said although the probe into the incident when the men allegedly barged into the labour room was still on, yet it was "sure" that there was no electricity there and the delivery was being done under torchlight.
Ramesh Dhankar, however, maintained that the power outage was brief. "We have CCTV footage which is enough to show that the youths entered the labour room and captured a video, this is enough to prove them guilty," he said.
He also clarified: "I waited for Sumanji, but she came late around 12 when the meeting was at 10 am… I left for a meeting, but talked to her over phone."
On Friday, police arrested one person and booked five others as well for allegedly entering the labour room at the civil hospital and making a video of a patient.
Police sources said the six include a few journalists who only wanted to highlight the messy state of affairs at the maternity hospital.