Desperate mother puts up posters for missing baby, hospital pulls them down

Published: 01 December, 2012 08:06 IST | Chetna Sadadekar |

Jasmine Naik's family erected posters describing the tragedy outside Wadia Hospital, which were removed for being illegal; but MiD DAY found that the notices are back

It’s been more than a month since an unidentified woman ambled into the Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital ward, which Jasmine Naik had left a few minutes ago to take a stroll, and walked out with her newborn. 

After the Naiks’ tussle with the hospital management and police authorities failed to produce results, they have pinned their hopes on the general public by putting up posters outside the medical institute.

Keeping the faith: Posters put up by the Naiks outside Wadia Hospital in Parel. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

The four notices narrate the account of a mother suffering in the absence of her child.

When these posters surfaced the first time, the hospital authorities got them removed and also informed the police. But the family felt this was a sign of the institute management trying to protect its own interests, and so the announcements have reappeared.

On the other hand, authorities say since no permission has been secured from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for displaying these posters, they are illegal. Sharad Aayre, senior inspector, license department of F/south ward, said, “We have received no such application for putting up notices, and so
no consent has been given from our end. It is compulsory to take permission from BMC for exhibiting any kind of banners or hoardings over the roads. If these posters are still up, we will have them removed.”

“The management is more concerned about the banners than the delay in installation of CCTV cameras, which can help prevent such tragedies in future. We have not taken authorisation from any authority, as according to my knowledge, only display of political posters requires permission of BMC. We had put up the notices, which were then removed by the hospital management. So, we put up the announcements again after informing them,” said Abhishek Mhapankar, Jasmine’s brother. 

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