THE PROFESSION OF A DOCTOR

He was young, naive and raw

But confident and competent as a Gynecologist

While doing the scan, the lady asked

‘Sir, what is the sex of the baby…?’

He ignored and said; Baby is fine and good, and 4 months now

‘I asked about the sex, sir’

That was more of a statement from her than a question

He ignored, as if, he didn’t hear anything, finished off the scanning

Gave the report and left the scan room

In the OPD he was confronted with the husband and mother in law

‘Sir, we already have 2 girls, 4 year and 2 years’

‘If this is also a girl, we need an abortion’

The husband spoke and mother in law completed the sentences

The lady returned from the scan room

With, two years old on her waist, and 4 years clutching her hands

He stood up

The OPD had finished

It was his lunch break

‘Checking sex and asking for sex during scan is punishable’

‘IT IS CLEARLY WRITTEN THERE, AND YOU HAD SIGNED TOO…?’

He angrily walked away

Then the husband stashed something in his apron pocket

He picked it out

‘2000/- bucks…?’

They were baiting the hook, he thought

He took the hand of the husband

Slapped the money in husband’s hands and said

‘PLEASE,TRY TO UNDERSTAND, IT IS A LAW…and killing the female child is a crime’

He walked away

So do the couple with children and mother in law

Mother in law and husband were seriously cursing him

And the lady glanced at him with pleading eyes

The children sensed something was not right

And clung on to their mother for refuge

They never turned up

Neither for scanning, nor for pregnancy check ups

Months later, he became busy in practice

And was appreciated by the rural community

One late night, the lady came in labor pain

He suspected, the baby was in sitting position

Not good for a normal delivery

He wanted to confirm it with scan

During the scan baby was in fact in sitting and was quite big too

A normal delivery could prove deleterious for mother and baby

He told the husband and mother in law

They said

‘If caesarean is needed, please go ahead’

‘BUT ONLY IF ITS A MALE CHILD’

12.30 am

After a busy day at operation theater and OPD

And, labor room was jam packed busy, the other night

He need to collapse and sleep

The husband and mother were proving disastrous for him

‘I CANT TELL THE SEX OF THE BABY AT ANY COST’

‘Then she will have a normal delivery, no caesarean at any cost’

‘That decision should be taken by her, not, you two’

‘Our decision is her decision too’

‘OKAY’

He told the sister to take a high risk consent, explaining every details

And went to duty room, collapsed and slept

By 4 am, midwife woke him up

The baby had partially stuck, the progress was arrested

He came running

The heart rate was coming low too

She needs caesarean

Husband and mother refused to give consent for caesarean

Unless it’s a male child

He told them to take her and go to anywhere else

And they refused to take her too

Consents after consents taken

He practically begged at the lady in labor

She was afraid of her husband and mother in law

‘WHERE IS HER PARENTS…?’

Probably, they would’ve coughed up some dowry

Married her off and checked her out from their life…?

WHO KNOWS…?

Then the midwife screamed

‘DOCTOR, THE PATIENT COLLAPSED’

Yes, her womb had ruptured

They rushed her into the operation threater

Anaesthetist ran in

Hospital staff ran helter skelter to arrange blood for her

Some personally donated

Somehow the mother and baby saved

A 4 kgs baby, female child again

BUT HER WOMB COULD NOT BE SAVED

It was shattered and bleeding, so, had to be removed

By 10 am in the morning she became stable and concious

‘where are my children…?’

Nurse gave her the new born

She looked at the sex of the baby and winced in pain

By that time, husband and mother in law had ditched the

Older girls, and left the hospital

Their points of view…

Three girls, and lost womb too

Now what’s the use of keeping her…?

In a community, who needs only male children

That’s a reasonable view point, everyone should agree…

Older children needed food and milk

she needed medicines

And the bills to be paid too

Who will do all these…?

A young mother, probably 23 years

Lost her, womb, husband and pride

Recuperating from a near death catastrophe

Three helpless girls in company

Rejected by the society…

Was a heart breaking sight…

He decided to help them

He talked to the administration

And granted pro bono

Paid from his pocket, for food, for the girls and their mother

7 days later

They were about to get discharged

Where will they go…?

Who will take care of them…?

He sat in his OPD for a plausible solution

Then heard loud noises and fights outside the OPD

A mob was bashing the hospital

They attacked the counters

The husband of the lady was in the front

Husband pointed at the him

‘HE NEARLY KILLED MY WIFE, SHE LOST HER WOMB’

And the mob rushed towards him with clubs

Pushed him down

Punched him

Kicked him

He rolled over to protect his face

They slapped his back with, I.V fluid stands, chairs and BP apparatus

For a moment the young doctor thought…

While others were playing cricket and watching movies

I studied

I seldom slept in the night

Nauseating hostel foods

Crammed hostel rooms

72 hours and more of grueling works

‘ALL FOR DYING LIKE A RABID DOG…?’

More people rushed into the room

Politicians, security, policemen

Beating stopped

While he was in pain and bleeding

They asked for an explanation for removing the womb of that lady

He explained…

‘PLEASE ASK THE LADY, SHE SHOULD TELL THE TRUTH’

They all went to the lady

She was holding her three girls on to her chest

Local leaders and politicians asked

‘DID YOU REFUSE CAESAREAN..?’

She looked at her children, her mother in law and her husband

And looked down

And said

‘NO, nobody told me about any caesarean’

‘HE SHOUTED, THERE WERE WRITTEN CONSENTS’

But the mob had destroyed every documents, files and charts

He didn’t speak anything

Went to the casaulity

His surgeon friend suture him up

There were deep cuts

Surgeon asked;

‘I had given injections to numb you, if still any pain, just tell me’

He replied;

‘MY PAIN IS IN MY HEART, CAN YOU NUMB IT…?’

‘Its will ache, till I die’

There are stringent laws against sex determination in India

But

The perpetrators, the public always escapes

There are stringent laws against violence against doctors and hospitals

But

The perpetrators, the public always escapes

In fact

Public shows activated interest

When the news of a doctor bashed up or arrested pops up

The press and channels makes merry

Few months later

A mother committed suicide with her three girls

A minor news on the paper

Probably

She couldn’t survive the tortures of the husband and mother in law

Probably her conscience pricked her

Probably, her and her girl children’s destiny was written

BY A MALE CHAUVINISTIC GOD…?

Considering the plights of women in India

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