Jagdish Wankhede, the heartbroken baby's father, relates his tale of woe. ''They told us to go to a private hospital because the doctors were on strike and that he wouldn't get treated here...We got the money from the bank and took him to hospital. But the doctor said he was dead.''
The doctors who are on strike demanding higher salaries, fixed duty hours, and promotions every four years, say they are not to blame. The hospital administration, they say, is responsible for the baby's death. Dr Aaryan Ginavat, one of the striking doctors says, "The baby was declared dead on arrival... we are not responsible...The government is responsible.''
But Asha's tragedy is little different from Tabassum Sheikh's harrowing experience. This 22-year-old woman was forced to deliver a baby on a street in Mumbai in the dead of the night after a hospital denied her admission. Owing to lack of any medical care, the baby could not survive for more than a few hours.
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