Mystery in Gurgaon as shocked villagers catch hospital staffer trying to bury bodies of ‘stillborn’ twin girls


Was it sex selection ? Mystery in Gurgaon as shocked villagers catch hospital staffer trying to bury bodies of ‘stillborn’ twin girls

It was 8.30pm on Sunday when some Nathupur villagers spotted signs of suspicious activity on the village’s outskirts.

Once at the site, they saw a man in a hospital uniform hunched over, digging the earth discreetly.

As soon as the villagers noticed the bodies of two baby girls lying motionless near him, they raised an alarm and called the police.

Neelkanth Hospital in Gurgaon is known for In-Vitro Fertilisation treatments

Neelkanth Hospital in Gurgaon is known for In-Vitro Fertilisation treatments

The hospital employee was immediately arrested. Investigations revealed that he had worked in Neel Kanth Hospital, a prominent hospital in Gurgaon, for four years and was trying to dispose of the bodies of premature twin sisters who, the hospital claimed, were stillborns.

The contours of the case are still hazy, but there are murmurs that it’s actually a case of female foeticide.

With 861 girls per 1,000 boys, Haryana has the worst gender ratio in the country. And Tuesday’s shameful incident shows exactly why.

Mystery shrouds the deaths of the babies, and allegations of foul play were gaining ground in DLF by late Tuesday.

The girls were reportedly ‘delivered’ at Neel Kanth Hospital, but the staff tried to bury them without even bothering to inform the health department officials of the deaths. No one seems to know why.

The spot in Gurgaon where the two still-born babies were buried by Sohrabuddin, a male staffer of Neel Kanth Hospital

The spot in Gurgaon where the two still-born babies were buried by Sohrabuddin, a male staffer of Neel Kanth Hospital

As per government guidelines, it is mandatory for all private hospitals to inform the health department of the municipal corporation about any delivery.

The hospital management claimed that the father was informed about the stillborn babies, but its role in trying to bury the bodies has put its actions under the scanner.

Investigations revealed that Sangeeta Suneja (41), a music lecturer at a government college in Rewari, was admitted to Neel Kanth Hospital after acute labour pain on Sunday. The doctors reportedly told her relatives that in her condition, delivery was the only available option.

“The patient had 26-week pregnancy. We completed all necessary paperwork before pursuing the delivery. She delivered two female premature dead babies in normal circumstance,” Neel Kanth Hospital executive director Tushar Chabra said.

The hospital administration handed over the bodies to Suneja’s family for the last rites without informing the local police or health department.

“As the patient’s kin were in a sombre state, a woman employee of the hospital assured that she would help them dispose of the bodies. This woman introduced to the family a male staffer, Sohrabuddin, and the bodies were handed over to him at the main gate. He was also given `200 to bury the bodies,” Chabra said.

Pushpa Bishnoi, the civil surgeon of Gurgaon, has given the clean chit to the hospital administration after undertaking an inspection.

“This was normal procedure for any hospital after the delivery of a dead baby. The patient was 41 years old and her uterus was weak at this stage… she was not being able to hold the load of two babies. She was admitted to the hospital thrice earlier and the doctors were aware of her health status. They had also operated on her 15 days earlier to stitch the uterus to make sure that it would hold the weight of babies,” Bishnoi said.

“After checking all reports, it appears that the hospital administration is not at fault in this case. The sex determination and termination of foetus generally take place until the 20th week but the patient in this case was pregnant for 26 weeks,” Bishnoi added.

Meanwhile, Gurgaon police released Sohrabuddin after Bishnoi recommended the cancellation of the FIR, filed under Section 174 of IPC for trying to dispose of the premature babies.

Rajesh Kumar, ACP (Crime, Gurgaon Police), said: “After her report, we will cancel the preliminary FIR because he or other employees were not found involved in the criminal act.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3069308/Was-foeticide-Mystery-Gurgaon-shocked-villagers-catch-hospital-staffer-trying-bury-bodies-stillborn-twin-girls.html#ixzz3cMXHSRNv

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