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Pregnant woman sent away, baby dies

A probe has been ordered into the incident by the Rajasthan health minister

By PTI in Jaipur
  • Published 6.04.20, 2:05 AM
  • Updated 6.04.20, 2:05 AM
  • a min read
Fire personnel sanitise the Ajmeri Gate area during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, in Jaipur (PTI)

A 32-year-old woman in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district lost her baby after doctors at a government hospital turned her away on learning that she was a Muslim, her husband has alleged.

Irfan Khan said his wife had to deliver their child in an ambulance after the doctors refused to treat her.

A probe has been ordered into the incident by the Rajasthan health minister and Bharatpur MLA Subhash Garg.

Irfan told journalists he took his wife, who was experiencing labour pain, to a healthcare centre in Sikri on Friday night. From there, they were referred to RBM Zenana Hospital.

“I reached the district hospital on Saturday morning where a lady doctor asked me about my details. She said that you are a Muslim and you cannot be treated here. She asked another doctor to refer us to Jaipur,” he said.

“I moved out of the hospital with my wife. My wife delivered in an ambulance and my baby died due to the negligence of doctors,” the husband said.

He also alleged that he was being pressured to deny the discrimination charges to the panel probing the incident.

Garg said the matter is being investigated by a team of the district administration.

“I have asked the district collector to get the matter inquired. Action will be taken against whosoever is guilty. It is a painful incident,” the minister said.

Tourism minister Vishvendra Singh, in a series of tweets, accused his own Congress government of suppressing the truth.

“It is clear from the videos that the government is trying to suppress the truth. I am cabinet minister and do not speak without proof. Please do not cover up,” he said in a tweet tagging former state-cadre IAS officer Arvind Mayaram.

In another tweet, Singh said: “The Jamaat was/is a national disaster and hazard. But innocent Muslims suffering like this is painful. It does not mean that citizens of Islamic faith are treated the way a pregnant lady was handled by doctors in Bharatpur.”