Dalit teenager dies after hospital refuses treatment

June 15th, 2009 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, June 15 (IANS) A Dalit teenager in Uttar Pradesh died Monday after a government-run hospital allegedly refused to admit him, police said.
“Anil Kumar, 18, who had suffered burn injuries after being electrocuted was reportedly denied treatment by the doctors in a hospital in Hamirpur district Monday,” Superintendent of Police Suryanath told IANS over phone.

The kin of the deceased alleged that the doctors asked them to take away Kumar, as the hospital was not meant for treating “lower caste patients”, he added.

A high-level enquiry has been initiated into the case to probe the role of doctors, who have been accused of denying treatment to the Dalit teenager.

“A three-member committee, including the Hamirpur chief medical officer (CMO) has been constituted following the directions of the district magistrate,” Suryanath said.

“The committee members have been directed to submit the enquiry report within two days on the basis of which necessary action would be taken against the hospital staff,” he added.

Hamirpur is some 300 km from Lucknow.

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