DCW recommends FIR against Safdarjung Hospital over complaint

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has recommended lodging of an FIR against Safdarjung Hospital on complaint of a woman who alleged she had delivered twin babies but was handed over only one, a charge denied by the hospital authorities.

DCW had received a complaint last month from the woman who alleged that she delivered twins but only one baby was handed over to her by the Safdarjung hospital. (PTI)

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has recommended lodging of an FIR against Safdarjung Hospital on complaint of a woman who alleged she had delivered twin babies but was handed over only one, a charge denied by the hospital authorities. DCW had received a complaint last month from the woman who alleged that she delivered twins but only one baby was handed over to her by the Safdarjung hospital. The complainant had also alleged that her second baby was dumped in the garbage by the nurse.

“As evidence, complainant submitted her ultrasound report conducted at a polyclinic centre. We had issued notices to Safdarjung hospital, polyclinic and SHO PS Safdarjung Enclave. While hospital denied the allegations, the polyclinic confirmed to us as well as to police that as per ultrasound, the woman was carrying twins,” a DCW official said.

“Investigation by local police remains inconclusive. Commission has found prima facie evidence to substantiate the allegations and has ordered registration of FIR,” he added. DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal had written to Special CP, Crime to register an FIR and get the matter investigated by the crime branch.

“The Safdarjung Hospital has stated that a departmental inquiry was conducted which concluded that the girl had delivered a single baby. This is a very serious matter which needs to be enquired into,” Maliwal said in the letter.

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“The Commission is of the considered view that a detailed police investigation into the complaint is required as prima facie, cognisable offences under the IPC and other laws are clearly made out,” she added. Meanwhile, Dr A K Rai, medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital, rubbished the allegations.

“The allegations are baseless and there is no substance to them. As per the Head of the Department, she only gave birth to one baby and the woman had accepted that she gave only one push.

“She had come to the hospital on the 33rd day of her pregnancy with an ultrasound report. A probe was introduced but two babies were not visible. We asked her to get a second ultrasound done but she didn’t come after that. She only came when she was in labour,” he said.

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