A controversy broke out on Sunday following the death of a "newborn" at the civil hospital with her mother alleging negligence by the the medical team handling her delivery for the baby's death which was, however, refuted by the hospital authorities who termed the case a "premature delivery".
Almost after a month she had lodged a complaint of rape against Balwinder Ram, Reshma (name changed) on Sunday alleged that due to the negligence of the medical team comprising nurses only her baby could not be saved.
"I delivered the baby around 10pm on Saturday. The child was critical and when I requested nurses on the duty to admit my child, they refused. I ran from pillar to post, but no one helped me out. I even approached City-1 police station SHO Harpal Singh, but he too refused to provide assistance. Then, I ran to a private doctor who also didn't respond to my pleas. And, the baby died around 9am on Sunday morning."
She alleged that a few hours after her delivery she was shifted from labour ward to the general ward in violation to the medical norms.
"The baby and mother are recommended to stay at the labour ward for at least 48 hours," said a doctor of the emergency ward, who wished not to be named. The civil hospital authorities, however, refuted the allegations and termed a "premature delivery" as the reason behind the child's death.
"She was admitted here on Saturday, but her delivery was due in January next year. And thus, the child could not be saved due to premature delivery. It doesn't suggest any medical negligence," said Nishan Singh, senior medical officer (SMO), civil hospital.
On being asked why the victim was shifted from the labour ward, the SMO said she voluntarily asked them to shift her to the general ward.
The station house officer (SHO), meanwhile, admitted that the victim had sought help from him, but he could not help her as he was not authorised to interfere into the matters of the civil hospital.
Rape accused still at large
Even a month after she lodged the complaint at the City-1 police station October 21), police failed to arrest Balwinder, who was said to be at large.
"He is a routine offender. He had attacked an SHO posted at Sardulgarh 2 years back and an FIR was also lodged against him in this connection. We will try to nab him as soon as possible," said the SHO.
The investigating officer into the case had earlier said: "The accused has allegiance to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). As soon as, the victim decided to lodge an FIR, the accused fled from his village. Also, the father of the accused visited the City-1 police station several times and attempted to influence the course of investigation by showing his political allegiance."