A lady doctor was ruthlessly beaten up by over a dozen men at Lalla Ded Hospital— the premier maternity hospital in Kashmir — after a patient delivered a dead baby.
“A lady doctor was beaten up by sticks by a group of men at the Lalla Ded hospital after the delivery of a stillborn baby. This is the 60th case of violence against doctors this year and there is no word from the government,” said Dr Imtiyaz Banday, Doctors Association Kashmir spokesperson. The doctor has received multiple injuries and bruises all over her body, Banday said
The incident took place after a 32-year-old patient delivered a stillborn baby — born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy — in the hospital.
Eyewitnesses said the attendants of the patient got enraged and called their relatives to attack the doctors.
“The patient had a precious pregnancy after four years of marriage. We can understand their anxiety and anger after this unfortunate natural death but attacking doctors is hooliganism,” said a doctor at the hospital.
While most of the doctors left the operation theatre to avoid the attack, the victim doctor was caught in the corridor and beaten up ruthlessly.
“She was supposed to join duty at 10 am but for her patient, she had come at 8.30 am and was caught by men in the corridor and beaten up ruthlessly,” said Dr Shabir Siddique, medical superintendent of the Lalla Ded hospital.
Fearing assault, the doctors, mostly females, stayed away from the labour room where a number of pregnant women in critical condition were admitted.
The assailants didn’t even allow the doctors to conduct the round of the labour room, making other patients suffer.
Meanwhile, doctors have demanded strict action under law against the attackers.
More than 80% doctors say that they have faced some form of abuse in the last one year.
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