Seventeen years after the death of a child due to incorrect treatment by an unqualified man claiming to be a doctor, the Delhi High Court has upheld the four-year sentence imposed on the accused and refused to grant him relief.
“It has come on record that the appellant had administered glucose IV fluid to the victim without having qualification or knowledge to do so.
He was only a quack, he had committed a fraud upon the victim and by posing himself as a doctor administered medical care to a nine-month-old baby knowing fully well that he was not qualified to do so. This can be nothing short of medical negligence,” the court of Justice Indermeeet Kaur held.
The accused, Ravinder Ram, had allegedly posed as a doctor at Mahavir Colony near Kanjhawla and set up a clinic in the area.
The appellant couple had brought their nine-month-old son for treatment of diarrhoea. The boy was administered glucose IV and given some other medication, and had died in the clinic during the intervening night of December 18/19, 1997. According to the court, accused Ravinder Ram had admitted that he was “not even a matriculate”, making it clear that he could not have had a medical degree.
Ram had been convicted for culpable homicide under Section 304 IPC and sentenced to four years in jail by the trial court. In his appeal, Ram had claimed that the father of the child had entered into a “compromise” with him and taken money to depose in his favour. The High Court also noted that the act of offering money was indicative of the guilt of the appellant.
“This act on the part of the appellant was done with the full knowledge that by his act he could have caused the death of the victim. He did not have the qualification of a doctor yet he projected himself as one,” the court said.