Heavy traffic in Delhi forces 2 women to deliver babies on road

New Delhi: The nightmarish traffic snarls in the national capital on account of the India-Africa Summit forced two women to deliver their children in public vehicles yesterday.

A 20-year-old woman gave birth to a girl on a public bus near southeast Delhi's Sarai Kale Khan area while a 28-year-old woman delivered a baby boy on an autorickshaw near east Delhi's Khajoori Chowk.

In both cases, the pregnant women were stuck in heavy traffic. Police later said they had tried their best to keep the traffic moving and cause minimum inconvenience to commuters by making elaborate arrangements.

"Things went a little out of hand in the evening peak hours. However, we did our best to manage traffic in the city," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Sandeep Goel.

A police team turned out to be the saviour for Rekha and her newborn girl, delivered inside a public bus near Sarai Kale Khan, by rushing them to the hospital amid chaotic traffic last night.

Rekha, and her husband, Kamlesh, both hail from Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. They had come to Haryana, where Kamlesh was looking for a decent job, and were staying at a rented accommodation on the outskirts of Gurgaon, said police.

They were going back to their village for Rekha's delivery and were to take a train from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. They had boarded a public bus from Gurgaon to Sarai Kale Khan ISBT.

However, Rekha's water broke inside the bus as it crawled at a snail's pace in yesterday's congested traffic and the child was delivered then and there on the road, said police.

The conductor of the bus called up the police control room and a team of local police, including a woman official, was rushed to the spot. They rushed the mother and the baby to Safdarjung hospital, where the umbilical cord was cut.

Police said they were told by the doctors that there was a high chance that the mother and child would have got infected had they not been rushed to the hospital at the right time.

Both the mother and child -- who has been named Muskaan by her parents -- are reported to be out of danger, police added.

In the second instance, Roshni (28) gave birth to a boy while caught in traffic for close to four hours on a day which had seen restrictions in place in the national capital for the India-Africa summit.

Roshni, who received 35 stitches in the process, and the infant, named Shehzad, today went back home, a day after the dramatic ordeal.

The doctor who conducted her delivery said that Roshni and Shehzad were both out of danger.

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