Kashimira woman dies after an overdose of abortion pills

Six including hubby, in-laws, family doctor and medical representative booked; no arrests so far

Suresh GolaniUpdated: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:27 AM IST
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Five days after a 30-year-old woman lost her life due to an overdose of abortion pills, the Kashimira police have booked six people including her husband, in-laws, doctor and a medical representative for causing death by an act done with intent to cause miscarriage. However, none of the suspects have been arrested so far, as a detailed probe was underway.

According to the police, the incident was reported from the plush Poonam Cluster area of Kashimira on May 3. The woman (name withheld), a mother of an eighteen month old girl, died of excessive bleeding before she could get admitted to a nearby hospital. Initially, an accidental death case was registered even as some social workers suspected foul play, as the condition of the woman had deteriorated apparently due to an overdose of abortion pills.

“Prima facie investigations and autopsy reports indicate that the woman had died due to an overdose of pregnancy termination pills. We have registered a FIR against six people including her husband, in-laws, family doctor, her husband’s friend and a MR for providing such pills without a valid prescription.” confirmed Senior Police Inspector- Sanjay Hazare.

The investigating team has preserved the viscera samples for chemical analysis and the process of gathering evidence was underway, following which further action will be initiated against the suspects who have been charged under section 314 of the IPC and sections 4 and 5(2) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act-1971.

Apart from triggering an abortion, such pills could be life-threatening if taken without the advice and supervision of a doctor.

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