Another baby from Khunti shelter home dies in Ranchi, toll reaches 3

Another infant of Sahyog Village, a government-aided shelter home in Khunti district, died at RIMS while seven children were admitted to a Ranchi-based private hospital following underweight complications.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2018 07:57 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Khunti shelter home,Sahyog village,Jharkhand
Shahyog village orphanage cum adoption centre at Hutar in Khunti where another infant died on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Another infant of Sahyog Village, a government-aided shelter home in Khunti district, died at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), while seven children were admitted to a Ranchi-based private hospital following underweight complications, officials said on Sunday. This is the third death in a week.

The shelter home, on August 19, witnessed deaths of two infants including a six-month-old girl, who was shifted by the Ranchi child welfare committee (CWC) from a Missionaries of Charity (MoC) run shelter home-Shishu Bhawan, Hinoo to Sahyog Village following an alleged baby- selling incident at Nirmal Hriday in first week of July.

Khunti district social welfare officer (DSWO), Surjit Singh said, “The infant was suffering from underweight related complications. The baby was referred to RIMS on Friday morning but he could not survive and died the same night.”

Jasvinder Singh, a Sahyog Village official, said the baby girl was left by an unwed mother after her birth.

“She was admitted to malnutrition treatment centre in Khunti on August 14 after her condition started deteriorating. On August 24, doctors said she needed to be referred to...RIMS where she died. The report (post mortem)...will reveal actual cause of the death,” he said.

Out of 22 children rescued from Shishu Bhawan, 12 were given to Khunti CWC on July 14 to hand them over to their parents. However, Khunti CWC shifted the children to Sahyog Village in the name of verification.

The parents lodged complaints with the Ranchi district social welfare department and also filed a petition in the high court seeking the custody of their children

First Published: Aug 26, 2018 23:40 IST