Delhi cops wel­come a new ar­rival

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Garg ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

Delhi cops act­ing as mid­wives? As crazy as that sounds, the cops — yes, even male cops — are trained to help de­liver ba­bies in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, and that train­ing comes in handy ev­ery now and then.

One re­cent oc­ca­sion was when a woman went into labour at Old Delhi Rail­way Sta­tion at 4.15am; her panicky hus­band called the po­lice con­trol room. To cut a long story short, a PCR van ar­rived, and the woman de­liv­ered her baby in the van.

“We rushed to the spot [and] saw a woman, ac­com­pa­nied by her hus­band, suf­fer­ing from labour pain. While tak­ing her to the hos­pi­tal, her wa­ter broke and we had to get the baby de­liv­ered in the van it­self, near Ne­taji Sub­hash Marg,” says In­spec­tor Ra­jen­dra Sehrawat, who was present dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

This is the sev­enth case of child­birth in the mul­tipur­pose ve­hi­cle this year. “This is not new for us. We have trained our staff in such a way that they can han­dle child­birth,” says Monika Bhard­waj, DCP, Po­lice Con­trol Room. “They have a clear idea of the process. We’re proud that they’re ful­fill­ing their du­ties.”

In most such cases, PCR vans come with po­lice­women, but this time, there were only two male po­lice of­fi­cers. “Dur­ing train­ings, we’re asked to not move the baby from his/ her po­si­tion, but con­vinc­ing par­ents at that time is dif­fi­cult. This fa­ther agreed and didn’t touch the baby girl,” says Sehrawat.

The baby and mother were then taken to the LNJP hos­pi­tal, Darya­ganj, and were de­clared in good health.

HT PHOTO; BABY PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PUR­POSE ONLY

We’ve briefed our staff on han­dling the um­bil­i­cal cord and giv­ing the mother her pri­vacy MONIKA BHARD­WAJ,DCP, PO­LICE CON­TROL ROOM

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