In a twist to the story of three-month-old Rahul, who reportedly suffered four incidences of spontaneous combustion, authorities of Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital, where the infant is being treated, lodged a complaint with police on Thursday seeking protection for the baby.
Dr P Ramakrishnan, dean, Kilpauk Medical Hospital told Express that he has submitted a petition to police to investigate and take necessary steps to prevent such incidence from happening to the baby in the future.
Further, the dean said the statements given by the baby’s parents and maternal grandmother during psychiatric counselling were found inconsistent. A similar petition was also sent to the Child Welfare Committee, the dean said.
Doubtful News was one of the first to state that this was likely a case of child abuse (by whomever) and certainly NOT spontaneous human combustion as was credulously reported in the Indian media sources for days. Then it became news in the U.S. as well. Still, many media outlets were at least mentioning the consideration of SHC. We have reported on several stories of supposed SHC and there is no proposed logical mechanism for it to occur and reasonable alternative explanations can be found for the incidents. The danger of SHC proposals is it distracts from investigating the true cause of the incident. In this case, that is a VERY serious oversight. I’m glad to see it finally being addressed. But the damage may be done in public perception who will likely only remember the mention of the case. Baby on fire, oh yeah, SHC. Please make sure you emphasize to anyone that brings this topic up, SHC is a myth.