Mother of a newborn assaulted by nurse, dies later

Kolkata, Oct 30 (IANS) A mother, who had just given birth to her child on Sunday, died after allegedly being assaulted by a nurse at a hospital here, police said.

The incident took place in R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital in north Kolkata.

Reshma Biwi (20), an inhabitant of Deganga in West Bengal, was admitted in the hospital. She was allegedly pushed by a nurse following an altercation over money.

“A nurse demanded exorbitant amount after Reshma gave birth to her child on Sunday morning. The nurse abused and pushed her as we were not able to pay such high amount,” alleged one of Reshma’s relatives.

According to her relatives, Reshma was suffering from internal bleeding since her delivery and became unconscious after the assault.

She was declared dead later.

Following the incident, Reshma’s relatives held a demonstration inside the hospital and blocked the road.

Police from Tala Police station had to intervene to remove the blockade.

Hospital authorities could not be contacted after repeated attempts, while the duty officer of Tala police station said they are investigating the case, but refused to comment any further on the issue.