Woman prisoner who lost her child to be compensated

April 24th, 2009 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to compensate a woman prisoner who lost her new born baby girl because of inadequate medical facilities in the jail.
Boby, a woman prisoner, was lodged in the Agra district jail on June 20, 2006 and gave birth to a baby on August 23, 2006. On September 16, however, the child fell ill and died while being taken to hospital.

A magisterial enquiry into the matter, ordered by the NHRC, revealed that no arrangement was made in the jail for child birth as a result of which the baby was born in the prison toilet.

Even after that, neither the baby nor the mother were taken care of or given any nutritious diet. The result was that the child was very weak. According to the post-mortem report, the death of the child occurred due to intra-cerebral haemorrhage.

“The commission has, therefore, directed the UP government to pay Rs.100,000 as compensation to the bereaved mother earlier this week. It has also asked for compliance report along with proof of payment within eight weeks from the date of receipt of the recommendations,” an NHRC official said.

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