SHILLONG: Following media reports that a pregnant woman was denied admission at Ganes Das Hospital in Shillong, the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) here has issued notice to the state government asking to conduct an inquiry into the matter within 30 days.
Taking sou motto cognizance on a news item published in The Shillong Times, on Wednesday, the Commission observed that the matter raises serious issues of violation of human rights as the state authorities have failed to ensure the right to life and medical care to its citizens, which is a fundamental right and it is paramount duty of the state to protect and safeguard such rights of any individual.
In a statement issued on Friday, the MHRC stated that it is appalling under what circumstances the patient was denied admission in a hospital, run by the state government and manned by public servants as defined under Section 21 of the Indian Penal Code.
On July 28, the pregnant woman was allegedly denied admission at Ganes Das Hospital in Shillong. Later, the baby did not survive.
The Commission has issued the notice to the state government of Meghalaya through the chief secretary to cause an effective inquiry into the matter, within 30 days and has also granted interim relief for the gross trauma that the mother had to endure.