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Eyes stolen from dead child’s body at Kolkata hospital, alleges family

Probe on; the child, an accident victim, died at SSKM hospital on 9 July; family members say they found the eyes missing after they brought the body home

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

Relatives of a three-year-old child, who died in an accident, have alleged that his eyes were removed at SSKM Hospital during his treatment.

Azad Ali, the deceased’s uncle, lodged a complaint with the Bhawanipore
police station on 12 July seeking an investigation into the allegations against the premier state-run hospital.

According to the complaint, Faisal Ali, the three-year-old child from Kamarhati in the northern outskirts of Kolkata, met with a road accident on 8 July when he was playing near his house. He was rushed to the state-run Kamarhati medical college hospital and then shifted to the SSKM hospital later in the day after his condition deteriorated.

He died at SSKM hospital on 9 July.

His body was handed over to his family members after a post-mortem examination at the SSKM hospital. However, his relatives found that the body was missing the eyes when arrangements were being made for his last rites.

They rushed to the police outpost at Kamarhati hospital alleging that his eyes had been stolen. The outpost officials referred the case to Bhawanipore police station because the post-mortem on the body had been done at the SSKM hospital morgue.

Demanding “justice”, the child’s parents, Firoze Ali and Rukhsana Begum, sought an explanation from the hospital asking why were their dead child’s eyes were removed without their consent.

The Bhawanipore police are investigating the case.

The SSKM hospital has said the matter will be looked into, and that the authorities will cooperate with the police investigation.