Could Ankita, the Jharkhand youngster who was burned alive by a man, have been saved had the hospital where she was treated had the proper infrastructure?
The question comes into mind as the two-member fact-finding team from the National Commission for Women (NCW) found that Dumka’s Phulo Jhano Medical College and Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences lack the basic infrastructure to support patients with severe burns.
The 15-year-old Class 12 student was allegedly burned by a youth named Shahrukh on August 23. Shahrukh was apparently upset after his advances were rejected by Ankita. Ankita died a painful death on August 28.
“Phulo Jhano Medical College, Dumka and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi lacked the basic infrastructure for treatment of patients with severe burns. The state government may be recommended to improve the hospitals’ infrastructure to provide the best treatment in such an exigency,” the NCW report stated.
Addressing the confusion about the percentage of burning, the NCW report stated that the issue was clarified after discussion with the authorities concerned.
“Phulo Jhano Medical College, Dumka had stated the burns to be less than 90 per cent while the doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, informed that the burns were 60-65 per cent. Further, the doctors informed that the chances of survival in cases with more than 50 per cent burns are very less,” NCW stated.
Regarding the morphed photographs of the deceased and the accused circulating on social media, the NCW team also requested police “to take action as per the Cyber Law to protect the dignity of the deceased as several morphed photos of the deceased and accused were being circulated on social media”.