Newborn mauled to death by dogs at India hospital, Asia News
The three-hour-old baby was attacked by the pack of dogs, who got into the hospital through a window, before relatives heard growling inside the room early Monday in Farrukhabad district, around 180 kilometres (110 miles) from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.
The family alleged the baby was left unattended inside the theatre with windows open, leading to the attack,” Ved Prakash Panday, investigating officer, told AFP.
The family said officials at Akash Ganga Hospital initially told them that the baby was stillborn, and when challenged they offered the relatives money to keep the matter hushed up.
Authorities said the hospital was functioning without a license and may face penalties for operating illegally.
India has more than 30 million stray dogs and some 20,000 people die every year of rabies, almost 35 per cent of the global deaths caused by the virus.
Reports of strays roaming hospitals are common in India that suffers from creaking healthcare infrastructure, particularly in small cities and towns.
Last week dogs were found sleeping on beds at a government-run hospital in the state, triggering local protests.