Indian women dumped in field after sterilisations
KOLKATA (AFP) – Scores of women were dumped unconscious in a field after a mass sterilisation in eastern India because there was no room in hospital for them to recuperate, medical officials said Thursday.
The women had all undergone surgical procedures at a hospital in the Malda district of West Bengal, around 360 kilometres north of Kolkata, which officials admitted was not equipped to accommodate such a large number of patients.
The scandal came to light after news channel NDTV aired amateur footage of unconscious women being carried out of the hospital Tuesday by men and then placed on open land.
Local health officials acknowledged that the patients’ treatment was unacceptable and promised an inquiry.
“Over 100 women, mostly poor, came to the camp for the surgery. Immediately after the procedure, the doctors asked the helpers to move each of them to the adjacent field,” Biswa Ranjan Satpathi, West Bengal’s director of health services, told AFP in Kolkata.
“This is inhuman and we have ordered a probe into the incident,” he added.
Medical experts also voiced shock over conditions at the hospital, where four doctors carried out a total of 106 sterilisations in one day.