A Dalit woman delivered of a baby in the toilet of a medical college here after a nurse sent her to relieve herself instead of taking her complaint of pain seriously, her family said on Saturday.

According to the relatives of the woman, admitted to the Manjeri Medical College and Hospital here, the staff were “indifferent” to them. When the woman complained of severe pain, a nurse insisted that she needed to urinate to reduce the pain, said a relative.

“She went to the toilet. She could not sit and cried out in pain. An attendant rushed to the toilet and took the baby out,” said the relative

The mother and the baby were later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Report sought

Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy expressed shock at the incident, while State Health Minister K.K. Shylaja told the media that the Malappuram district medical officer has been ordered to submit a report on the incident. Action would be if lapses were found. — IANS

When the woman complained of pain, nurse allegedly asked her to relieve herself