17-year-old girl delivers in street after hospital refuses to help her

A TEENAGER gave birth to her baby on the side of the road in the eastern Indian state of Jharkand after she was refused help by medical centre staff.

The 17-year-old girl from Saraikela-Kharsawan district was in a relationship with a man in her village when she became pregnant. She could not be named for legal reasons.

Her lover abandoned her after she got pregnant. The family of the girl also disowned her, fearing they would be shamed.

The girl was forced to leave home and was living on the streets for over four months.

At about 7pm on Aug 21, she started to go into labour and approached the local health centre, Chandil Sub Divisional Hospital, for help. But staff allegedly refused to take responsibility for her as she was not accompanied by a guardian.

At 5am, the next morning, the girl gave birth to a daughter on the side of the road, just 30m from the health centre.

A group of women managed to finally admit the girl and baby into Chandil Sub Divisional Hospital, where the two were eventually treated.

The girl and baby are now stable and being shifted to a women's shelter Mahila Suraksha Griha in Jharkhand.