JVC ‘Baby Swap’: Budgam Newborn’s Body Exhumed For DNA Sampling

Srinagar- Days after a family from Budgam district alleged that their newborn boy was swapped with a female baby at the SKIMS Bemina (JVC) here, the authorities on Monday exhumed the body of the newborn for DNA sampling to ascertain the truth.

“The body was exhumed in order to conduct DNA sampling and match that with those of the family members .The samples have been taken and it is going to take some time” SHO Bemina Ravinder Pal, told Kashmir Observer Monday.

Last week, a family from Patlibagh village of Budgam alleged that their newborn son was exchanged with a dead girl by the staff at the SKIMS (JVC). Following the serious charges, police had registered a case and started a probe to verify the allegations.

The family, however, had buried the newborn at their ancestral graveyard in Budgam.

According to the SHO, the body was exhumed in presence of the police party, officials from the health department and a Magistrate from Budgam.

However, Pal declined to give further information.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS Bemina (JVC) Shafa Deva told Kashmir Observer that the hospital administration is also carrying out an internal enquiry to probe the allegations.

On being asked if the doctors from JVC were present at the time of exhumation, she said the hospital administration was not informed about it.

“It is a police case and they are dealing with it, their way” She added.

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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