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Updated: August 24, 2013 09:54 IST

Burning baby case: Rahul homebound

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Rahul with his mother
Rahul with his mother

Mother refuses offer to stay in child welfare council shelter; insists on returning to village

Three-month-old Rahul, who was admitted to Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital (KMC) following complaints of his going up in flames spontaneously, was discharged on Friday. The boy had been referred to KMC by the Villupuram collector 15 days ago. 31 tests were conducted following suspicions that Rahul could be suffering from ‘spontaneous human combustion.’

The results of the last of the tests were received on Monday. Hospital dean P. Ramakrishnan said, “We came to know that there is no evidence of spontaneous burns in the child. He has recovered completely.” The parents and Rahul’s maternal grandmother K. Tulasi, were given psychiatric counselling. “A clinical evaluation of the three family members does not reveal any significant psychiatric illness. The possibility of child abuse has to be investigated by the appropriate authority, especially police and child welfare agency,” said Dr. Ramakrishnan

Rajeswari was advised to remain in one of the shelters run by the Indian Council of Child Welfare. But she insisted that she wanted to return to her village. “I will take care of my child and will not allow such a thing to happen again,” she told counsellors Malathi Siva and Usha Raghavan.

The hospital has handed over the findings of the investigations to the police and the child welfare agency for appropriate action, the dean said.

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mother's Love is greater than human medicine.

from:  prasad
Posted on: Aug 25, 2013 at 07:28 IST

Really dumb idea to give the choice to someone who could not prevent it
from happening in the first place. Who is to speak for the child? I can
see only fear in the childs eyes. Where is the law.. Put a price tag on
life. I do not want to read about more harm done to the child... Slow
death is painful..If the child is in danger social service should take
the child away from its parents. Are they awake ? yet !!!

from:  Diana Varghese
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 13:24 IST

Oh no. They are sending the baby back to the very place that they should
not. Poor baby. If he had been born in a developed society he would have
been taken away from the parents

from:  Nripinder
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 08:44 IST

Please don't send this baby home! Isn't there a better solution? If I
could, I'd take him in myself.....

from:  Janet JB
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 03:31 IST
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