The government hospital in Shahganj, in Jaunpur district Uttar Pradesh refused admission to a woman who was brought in an advanced state of labour. Even as her relatives begged and pleaded with the hospital authorities, a woman doctor is said to have scolded the woman. The reason? She did not have a bank passbook and Aadhaar. The hospital refused to admit her.

When the dejected family started helping the woman return from the hospital, they had barely reached the gate when the woman fell to the floor in a faint and delivered a baby girl near the gate of the hospital. Seeing this, the relatives and bystanders were angry and a ruckus ensued against the hospital, after which the woman and her daughter were admitted in the hospital.


They were lucky. Both woman and child could have died if there had been any complications in the birth.

Vidyut is a commentator on socio-political issues with a keen understanding of tech and policy. She has been observing and commenting on Aadhaar since 2010 from a perspective of human rights, democracy and technological robustness.

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