COIMBATORE: A Woman who was four months pregnant allegedly suffered an abortion after a railway policemen beat her on the hip and back at the Coimbatore Junction railway station around 3 am on Monday. The Railway police, however, denied that the woman suffered an abortion. They also plan to visit the woman’s house in Theni district.
The woman, Lakshmi (38), a daily wage labourer from Uththamapalayam in Theni district, and her family members were sleeping at the station, when she was beaten. They were waiting to board a train to Kerala in search of work, sources said.
As they were sleeping at the station, a Railway police constable, Pandiyan, who was on duty, allegedly beat her while trying to make them leave the station. Later, auto drivers gathered and shouted at the constable. Lakshmi was immediately taken to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in a 108 ambulance with the help of some auto drivers, where she was reportedly treated. However, CMCH Dean Dr A Edwin Joe said that no such patient was treated at the hospital on Monday.
Railway police Inspector Tamilselvi said also denied it. “No such incident took place. The officer just tried to send them away.”