New Delhi: A woman lost her unborn child days after she was turned away by a hospital in the steel city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, accusing her of spreading coronavirus and was reportedly made to clean up blood by the hospital. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken note of the incident and demanded strict action against those responsible.
"A woman pregnant & bleeding, came to a Jamshedpur hospital, was allegedly asked to clean up her blood, accused of spreading coronavirus, which led to loss of her unborn child. NCW has written to Chief Secretary @JharkhandCMO for strict action," the women's rights body tweeted on Sunday.
According to a The Indian Express report, 30-year-old Rizwana Khatun had written to Chief Minister Hemant Soren, narrating her ordeal on Thursday when she was rushed to a hospital in Jamshedpur after she started bleeding. The women reportedly said she was abused because of her religion and that she was asked to wipe her blood.
The Jharkhand Police has taken cognizance of the incident and the Jamshedpur SSP has been asked to inquire into the matter.
"It's unfortunate to learn the insensitiveness of the health professionals as alleged in the media report, and during the challenging times like COVID19 pandemic, NCW apprises the government to implement proper institutional delivery to avoid the recurrence of such incidents in future," the National Commission for Women said in another tweet.
Over 17,600 coronavirus cases, including 559 deaths, have been reported from across India as of Monday morning. Jharkhand has seen 42 cases including two deaths.
(With inputs from PTI)
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