Woman’s death triggers protest in Jammu; inquiry ordered


Jammu: A 23-year-old woman died during treatment at a hospital here nearly two weeks after giving birth to a dead child, triggering protests by her relatives who alleged medical negligence and demanded a probe into her death, officials said on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sushma Chauhan said a three-member committee has been formed to investigate the case and asked to submit its report within seven days.

The protesters, carrying the body of the woman, staged a sit-in on the main road at Chatta on the outskirts of the city on Sunday, alleging that she died within 10 minutes after intravenous injection was administered to her, the officials said.

After several hours of protest, the body was cremated by her relatives only after the intervention of senior civil administrative officers who rushed to the spot and assured action in the case.

Kuljeet Kour, who delivered a dead baby early this month, complained of abdominal pain and breathlessness at home on Friday evening and was subsequently admitted to Government Medical College Hospital here, one of the protesters said.

He said the woman died in the hospital on Saturday afternoon but doctors took away all her medical records when the accompanying family members questioned their claim that she was COVID-19 positive and would be cremated as per the set protocol.

“She tested negative for the virus on her admission in the hospital. She was sick but was not in a critical condition. We questioned the false claim and after our protest, a re-test was done which turned out negative and the body of the deceased was handed over around 11.30 pm for last rites, the protester said.

Demanding a fair probe and stern action against doctors for their alleged negligence, he said “we have given a week’s time to the government to complete its inquiry and take necessary action against those involved”.

“If justice is denied to us, we will restart our agitation,” he added.