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19-year-old who delivered dead foetus in plane toilet says she was not aware of her pregnancy

Air Asia’s crew discovered an abandoned foetus in one of the lavatories of the I5-784 Imphal-Guwahati-Delhi flight when the plane was preparing to land in Delhi on Wednesday.

delhi Updated: Jul 27, 2018 12:18 IST
Anvit Srivastava
Anvit Srivastava
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Air Asia’s crew discovered an abandoned foetus in one of the lavatories of the I5-784 Imphal-Guwahati-Delhi flight when the plane was preparing to land in Delhi on Wednesday. (AFP Phot )

The 19-year-old athlete, who delivered a stillborn premature baby in the toilet of an Air Asia flight at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport on Wednesday and allegedly abandoned, had taken antacids and painkillers a day before the flight as she felt ‘continuous pain’, police said.

The woman told police she was not aware of her pregnancy and even her brother-in-law said her family was not aware she was pregnant, the police said

“We questioned her again on Thursday. She told police that she felt continuous pain a day before boarding her flight and so consumed painkillers and antacids, which led to excessive bleeding. The woman refused to undergo a medical examination. We are consulting doctors if the medicines she consumed can cause any complications. The foetus has been sent for post mortem and reports that would confirm the cause of death are awaited,” deputy commissioner of police (IGIA) Sanjay Bhatia said.

But speaking to HT, a senior city gynaecologist said that a pain killer or an antacid cannot cause an abortion.

Around 3 pm on Wednesday, the crew discovered an abandoned foetus wrapped in toilet paper in one of the lavatories of the I5-784 Imphal-Guwahati-Delhi flight when the plane was preparing to land in Delhi.

The police were informed and a team reached Terminal T3’s boarding gate number 49, where the woman, who had boarded the plane from Guwahati, was identified as the mother of the child.

The incident was reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

She told the police that she had delivered the foetus in the flight during the journey. The police sent the foetus for a post-mortem examination and called the woman for questioning.

The DCP said the woman is a Taekwondo player and there is a possibility that she might have sustained an injury in a practice session that may have caused her child’s death.

A case under section 318 for concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body has been registered and the matter is being probed, the officer said.

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 10:13 IST