Newborn mauled to death by dogs at India hospital

Newborn mauled to death by dogs at India hospital

India has more than 30 million stray dogs such as this one in New Delhi
India has more than 30 million stray dogs such as this one in New Delhi

NEW DELHI - Indian police have sealed a private hospital and charged staff for manslaughter after a newborn baby was mauled to death by dogs inside an operating theatre, an investigator said Tuesday.

The three-hour-old baby was attacked by the pack of dogs, who got into the hospital through a window, before relatives heard growling inside the room early Monday in Farrukhabad district, around 180 kilometres (110 miles) from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.

Police said the newborn had injuries all over his body and were expecting a postmortem report to confirm the exact cause of death.

"The family alleged the baby was left unattended inside the theatre with windows open, leading to the attack," Ved Prakash Panday, investigating officer, told AFP.

"We are waiting for the postmortem report before arrests can be made over the death," he said.

The family said officials at Akash Ganga Hospital initially told them that the baby was stillborn, and when challenged they offered the relatives money to keep the matter hushed up.

Authorities said the hospital was functioning without a license and may face penalties for operating illegally.

India has more than 30 million stray dogs and some 20,000 people die every year of rabies, almost 35 percent of the global deaths caused by the virus.

Reports of strays roaming hospitals are common in India that suffers from creaking healthcare infrastructure, particularly in small cities and towns.

Last week dogs were found sleeping on beds at a government-run hospital in the state, triggering local protests.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (2)

Spread of virus

Thailand has taken high-level measures to monitor and prevent the spread of a new coronavirus.

04:01

'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight than ever

WASHINGTON - The Doomsday Clock on Thursday ticked down to 100 seconds to midnight, symbolizing the greatest level of peril to humanity since its creation in 1947 as the threat posed by climate change and a growing nuclear race loomed large.

02:46

Budget bill in peril

Palang Pracharath defends proxy voting by its MPs after video clip showed one of its lawmakers inserting more than one card during budget bill vote.

23 Jan 2020