TUMAKURU: The death of Radhamani (25), who was four months pregnant, due to an alleged botched abortion by a quack nurse exposes holes in the health system in the district.
Preliminary report following a joint enquiry-cum-verbal audit by district health officials revealed that apart from Manjula, two doctors, the husband of the deceased and her sister-in-law too are responsible for the incident.
The couple, who had an obsession for a son after having three girls , feared that the fourth child would also be a girl and wanted to get the foetus removed.
The victim was admitted to the government hospital at Koratagere on March 21 where Dr Sujath Nag referred the case to Saiganga Diagnostic Centre for scanning. Radiologist Dr Vijaya Raghavendra performed the scanning on March 22.
Later, on March 24, Radhamani along with her sister-in-law Sudha visited Manjula who bothed the abortion. Radhamani died in Bengaluru two days later. “There might be a racket involved in sex determination. If the illegal abortion was successful, the incident would not have come to light,” DHO Dr Rangaswamy said.