The woman claimed that she was carrying a baby in her arm wrapped with a piece of cloth but upon inspection it was nothing but dough given the shape of a baby, the health department officials said.(HT Photo)
The woman claimed that she was carrying a baby in her arm wrapped with a piece of cloth but upon inspection it was nothing but dough given the shape of a baby, the health department officials said.(HT Photo)

Baby made of dough, woman tries to get govt scheme money, exposed

The woman and her husband created ruckus the hospital staff forced the woman to part way with what she was claiming to be her baby to ensure that timely treatment could be given to the baby if it was alive, the doctors said.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhopal/ Gwalior
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 09:25 PM IST

A woman allegedly made an attempt to grab government scheme money by claiming that she had had a stillborn and her name should be registered in the list of beneficiaries of the government scheme. However, the baby she carried in her arm wrapped with a piece of cloth was nothing but dough given the shape of a baby, the health department officials said.

An accredited social health activist (ASHA) who had accompanied the woman was served a show-cause notice as to why a disciplinary action be not taken against her, said a medical officer at the community health centre (CHC) at Kailaras block headquarters, Dr SR Mishra.

The incident took place at Kailaras in Morena district, 465 kilometres north of Bhopal on Monday, but the local media came to know about it on Thursday through some health department sources, as per the official.

Dr Mishra said, “I faced such a bizarre case first time in my career and I never expected that people will stoop to such a low to grab the government schemes money.”

Under Shramik Seva Prasuti Sahayata Yojna a woman from rural areas is given Rs 1400 as financial assistance for nutritious food and after delivery Rs 16,000 to compensate her loss of wages for about three months when she is supposed to be home. However, assistance under the scheme is given only when there is an institutional delivery.

Dr Mishra said the woman who was accompanied by an ANM and the ASHA reached the CHC in an ambulance 108. She asked the nurse on duty to enter her name in the register as she had had a stillbirth. The nurse asked the woman to give the baby to her so that it could be examined by him (doctor) but the woman refused to part with ‘the baby’ and insisted that she had delivered a stillborn.

Dr Mishra said as the woman and her husband created ruckus the hospital staff forced the woman to part way with what she was claiming to be her baby to ensure that timely treatment could be given to the baby if it was alive. “We were shocked to see it was dough mixed with the red colour given a shape of a baby”, said Dr Mishra.

Head of the CHC Dr Vinod Gupta said, “The woman and her husband ran away on being exposed. They were perhaps misguided by some people they could get money under the government scheme even without an institutional delivery. After deliberations among ourselves, we decided not to lodge an FIR with police as it would have affected our work in serving patients at the hospital.”

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