The birth of a son following a sterilisation operation has led a man from Dabhoi to lodge a complaint against the Vadodara district health officials.
Bhupendra Mochi (38),who repairs bags,has alleged in his complaint with the Vadodara Consumer Court that despite opting for the state governments sterilisation programme in 2007,his wife gave birth to a son on July 26,2009. This led to acrimony in the family,as he suspected his wife of infidelity.
He alleged that after learning about state governments NSV plan for sterilisation,he opted for the scheme and
underwent the free operation at the sterilisation camp in Kayavarohan town on August 23,2007. We had four daughters and both my wife and I decided that we would not go for more children, said Mochi. But his wife became pregnant on January 2,2009.
Later,after tests at a private laboratory established Mochi as the father of the child,he discovered that the sterilisation operation was a failure.
Mochi,who has four daughters and a son now,approached the president of the Consumer Forum P C Mistry. And on Wednesday,he filed a complaint against chief surgeon of the Dabhoi Primary Healthcare Centre and Dabhoi PHCs medical officer to pay for the damages.
His legal counsel Jayanti Parmar said: My clients domestic bliss was lost with the news of the birth of another child,which was unwanted. My clients mental peace was lost,as he grew suspicious of his wife. After tests showed that my client was the father of the child (Ronak),he wanted his wife to abort it as he could not afford the cost of raising another child.
Mochi added: I was already running into losses. Starting from the medicine for my wifes pregnancy till the birth of the child through a caesarean operation,the cost reached up to Rs 25,000. I approached the consumer forum. In the complaint,my counsel stated that the government Health Department must pay for his care and upbringing,as the doctor,who had operated me,had issued a certificate that I was sterilised.
Dr K B Soni,Medical Officer of the Dabhoi PHC,said this was the first such case they have encountered till date. We have a tie-up with an insurance company to pay for any kind of damages caused by the so-called failure of the operation, said Dr Soni.