12 September, New Delhi
Parents of a seven-year-old child committed suicide after two private hospitals allegedly refused to admit their son, who died due to suspected dengue.
The parents of the child took the extreme step by jumping from the terrace of a building in South Delhis Lado Sarai area, police officials said Saturday.
Soon after the incident, Union Health Minister J P Nadda expressed anguish over the incident and said in a tweet, Ordered inquiry into the incident reported in media involving death of child in Delhi due to dengue and suicide by parents. Guilty wont be spared.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain has also said a show cause notice will be issued to Moolchand Hospital and Max Hospital, Saket, as they refused to admit the boy. The boy was later admitted to Batra Hospital but he died due to suspected dengue.
Addressing reporters here, Mr Jain said, ”Both the hospitals will be issued a show cause notice in this matter. We will get the details in this regard and those responsible would be strictly dealt with.”
The victim, Laxmichandra, used to work in a private company and his wife Babita was a homemaker. The family had been living in a rented accommodation in Lado Sarai for more than one year. They performed the last rites of their son, Avinash Rout, a class 1 student, on the night of September 8.
A neighbour of the couple found their bodies on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday at a nearby government school. The couple committed suicide with their arms tied together with a stole.
The parents, who belonged to Kendrapara in Odisha, left a suicide note in their native language Odia, which said, It is nobodys fault. It is our decision.
Although the police have not registered a case against anyone, it has initiated an investigation into the incident under Section 174, Cr PC.