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Labourer Forced to Carry Son’s Body on Shoulders, Yogi Govt Gets NHRC Notice

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, taking suo moto cognizance of reports that said a man was forced to carry his teenage son’s body on his shoulders after being denied ambulance service by a hospital in Etawah district.

The commission has sought a detailed report from the state’s chief secretary within four weeks, providing information on the ambulance services offered by the government-run hospital, PTI reported.

In a video, which went viral recently, 45-year-old labourer Udayveer alleged that doctors at the Etawah government hospital did not treat his son Pushpendra and turned him away. He was forced to carry the body of his 15-year-old son over his shoulder after he was allegedly denied help by doctors at the hospital on May 1.

The NHRC said according to the report, “the doctors at the hospital neither offered the ambulance service to the father of a deceased boy nor informed him about the facility to take his son’s body back home.”

“As a result, he carried the body of his son, on his shoulders. Reportedly, the doctors spared a few minutes to see the 15-year-old patient and told his father to take him away as there was no life in his body,” it said in a statement.

PTI said the Commission has observed that the content of the media report is “painful and indicative of insensitive and negligent attitude” of the doctors at the hospital where most of the visitors are from poor families. The incident amounts to the violation of human rights.

The NHRC has also observed that the Chief Medical Officer of Etawah district, Rajeev Yadav, has reportedly admitted that the “fault was on their side” and he has assured that strict action shall be taken against the guilty.

“He has further added that the boy was brought dead to the hospital when the doctors were busy with a bus accident case and they could not ask from the father of the deceased, whether he needed a transport,” the NHRC said.

The Commission in his report has sought the number of ambulance vehicles available in the hospital and the number of drivers available in the hospital. It has also sought to know whether information on the availability of ambulance service for carrying a patient or a body has been put at a conspicuous place, and details of the formalities required to be fulfilled for availing the service, the NHRC added.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: May 6, 2017, 9:52 AM IST