Hyderabad: 21-year-old engineering student bleeds to death after abortion

The woman’s father has filed a police complaint alleging negligence on the part of the doctors.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2017 21:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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The engineering student was about five months pregnant and was admitted to the hospital by her boyfriend, police said.(Representative photo)

An engineering student died on Monday at a private hospital in Hyderabad after doctors attempted to abort her pregnancy that was more than 20 weeks old.

Police filed a case against the doctors of Anusha Maternity Hospital and Nursing Home, since abortions cannot be carried out on foetuses older than 20 weeks unless allowed by a court.

The woman, K Harika, was 21 years old.

According to police, Harika and her partner S Madhu approached the hospital for an abortion on August 5.

Hospital superintendent Dr Girija Rani agreed to perform the surgery and quoted a bill of Rs 20,000.

The attempt failed and Harika suffered from excessive bleeding, prompting the staff to shift her to another maternity hospital at Dilsukhnagar, where she was declared brought dead.

Harika’s family members rushed to Anusha hospital and staged a dharna demanding action against the doctors for the botched abortion.

“Irrespective of whether the affair between the girl and her boyfriend was legal or illegal, conducting abortion is a crime. We have booked a case under Section 312 (causing miscarriage) and 314 (death caused by act done with intent to cause miscarriage) of the IPC,” Vanasthalipuram police inspector S Murali Krishna told HT.

Police have shifted the body to the government-run Osmania Hospital for an autopsy, while Girija Rani and Madhu were taken into custody for questioning.

“We are also verifying whether the hospital has violated the guidelines of Indian Medical Council and District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) for conducting the abortions,” the police said.

First Published: Aug 08, 2017 10:52 IST