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No Aadhaar, Gurgaon hospital turns away woman, she gives birth right outside

The incident comes just days after a woman was refused treatment at a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Jaunpur district in UP, for not furnishing an Aadhar card or any other kind of identity proof.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Updated: February 10, 2018 8:52 pm
No Aadhaar, hospital turns away woman, she gives birth right outside Outside the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon where the woman gave birth. (Express Photo by Manoj Kumar)

Denied admission for not furnishing an Aadhaar card, a woman gave birth just outside the doors of Gurgaon’s Civil Hospital Friday as a crowd looked on. Forced to leave the premises, the woman was screened from bystanders only by shawls used as makeshift curtains, as she gave birth. She was admitted hours after her daughter was born. While mother and daughter are recovering, the Civil Hospital has suspended a doctor and a nurse for the lapse and ordered a probe.

According to her family, Munni’s labour pains began around 9 am, after which an ambulance was called. The family reached the Civil Hospital 30 minutes later and immediately after entering, officials asked for her Aadhaar card.
“We only had the Aadhaar card number at the time, and said we would get the card as well…We asked them to admit her in the interim so that treatment could begin,” said her husband, Babloo, who works as a labourer in the city.
Babloo even showed hospital authorities his Aadhaar card. “On the basis of my own Aadhaar card, I requested them to admit her as quickly as possible. She was in a lot of pain and our aim was to get her relief as quickly as possible,” he said.

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Officials declined the request and told the family to get the physical copy of the Aadhaar card related to the number first, and then come back. “I went out nearby to try to get a physical copy of the card, leaving my wife on the second floor. I was unable to get the document and, when I returned, they had even thrown her out, and she was sitting on the ground outside the hospital, giving birth,” said Babloo.

Although Munni was admitted to the hospital after she gave birth, with family members saying both mother and child were healthy and recovering, a probe has been initiated into the case and two hospital staff have been suspended. “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the woman was denied treatment because she did not have her Aadhaar card. A doctor and a nurse have been suspended for this,” said Dr Pradeep Sharma, Principal Medical Officer (PMO).

“The matter is still being investigated and further action will be initiated according to the findings,” he said.
As the family moved into the hospital after Munni was allotted a bed, only a grey shawl — one of the two used in an attempt to give her some privacy as she gave birth — and a pool of blood remain the only indications of what transpired Friday morning.

The couple had moved to Gurgaon’s Sheetla colony “7 or 8 years ago” and have a 3-year-old son, who was born in their native village, Gurdin Pura, in Uttar Pradesh. “My sister in law had applied for her Aadhaar card when they last went to the village, three or four months ago. They were given an Aadhaar card number at the time, but the card itself is yet to reach them,” said Sundar Lal, Babloo’s brother.

Friday’s incident comes just days after a woman was refused treatment at a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Jaunpur district in UP, for not furnishing an Aadhar card or any other kind of identity proof. Then, as her family argued with CHC officials, the woman had given birth to a baby girl on the hospital floor.

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  1. S
    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    Beti Jalao Party, BJP government directives to make Aadhar compulsory is the spoiler. Why these Saffron's do not understand Human life is above Cows and buffaloes.Why these Morons cannot get it life is precious then Aadhar.Maneka wants to save Rabid Dogs at the expense of Human, children and aged alike. Indians please save this Nation from disintegration dians please save us Indians from pain and suffering.
    1. Jigsaw Kemerton
      Feb 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm
      This is BJP's India. More atrocities are in the offing. Crude beasts.
      1. Alpha Dom
        Feb 10, 2018 at 1:10 pm
        Modi feels the pain for a hapless puppy that comes under his car. But his policies have turned a billion happy Indians into a billion hapless Indians.
        1. R
          Feb 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm
          As usual nikamma useless pm modi is on foreign tour once back he will blame congress ..Bhakts please stop licking and sucking and start using your brains before india is fully destroyed...
          1. D
            Devendra Kodwani
            Feb 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm
            Unfortunately right to live is not a fundamental right in Indian cons ution. Not having access to medical care for emergency or non-emergency can lead to death. Requiring Aadhar in serious medical situation seems denial of basic public service that is health care. Consider siruation when someone is seriously injured in an accident and is brought to hospital without iden y on their body and no one is accompanying the injured from their family or friends. Will hospitals insist on proof of their iden y? This incident shows how stupid and insensitive even educated medical and administrative staff can be in implementing this draconian non-sense which has made every Indian a suspect in eyes of every pettty public servant. Aadhar law in hands of foolish officials is instrument of torture.
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