Indian women dumped in field after sterilisations
KOLKATA (AFP) - Scores of women were dumped unconscious in a field after a mass sterilisation in eastern India because there was no room in hospital for them to recuperate, medical officials said on Thursday.
The women had all undergone surgical procedures at a hospital in the Malda district of West Bengal, around 360 kilometres north of Kolkata, which officials admitted was not equipped to accommodate such a large number of patients.
The scandal came to light after news channel NDTV aired amateur footage of unconscious women being carried out of the hospital on Tuesday by men and then placed on open land.
Local health officials acknowledged that the patients' treatment was unacceptable and promised an inquiry.