In yet another horrific incident in Uttar Pradesh, a 16-year-old has alleged that she has been brutally troubled and her belly pressed till the fetus came out.
Heena Khan who does not remember what happened with her posed the question to a leading daily, “How else do you describe writhing in pain for over eight hours as someone held your legs down and another pressed your belly till the foetus in your womb gave up?”
For a mother, seeing her unborn baby in a wrapped cloth is the worst situation that could ever be. It was 4 am when Heena regained consciousness and her brother Firdaus, 20 tried to take her home.
But suddenly a self-professed "Dr'' Urmila popular in the village for her "delivery skills" was approached by the family and was reportedly paid Rs 2,500 of Rs 6,000. She promised for 'pet ke safai' (abortion) of Heena but later reportedly said no.
“It was then that I called the police," Firdaus recalled to the leading daily.
Panicked by the situation, Urmila whose clinic was in a two-storeyed house, let her go.
On August 29, Firdaus and their mother Shehnaaz Khan approached police station of Kotwali Dehaat carrying the seven-month-old baby in a plastic bag.
Heena was hospitalised at the Babu Banarsi Das government hospital in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh.
She alleged that she was raped twice by a neighbour, Mohammed Yunus, 20 who also had beaten her up.
“I was too scared to say anything to my family. He threatened me, beat me,” the victim said.
Shehnaaz got suspicious when Heena started showing signs of a growing belly and then Shehnaaz immediately took her to the village quack (known as "Dr'' Bijender) in Bhaipura, a few kilometres from the main city.
The family went to Yunus’s home and confronted them. Yunus’s mother forced Heena to go to the "abortion centre".
Rameshwar Kumar, Kotwali Dehaat station officer said, “We have lodged a complaint against Yunus, his mother, Bijender and Urmila. We have arrested Urmila on grounds of illegal medical terminal of pregnancy.”
Under Pocso (Protection of Children against Sexual Offences) act, police has charged the family with rape and illegal abortion.
According to the police, the other three are on the run and Yunus may have returned to Ahmedabad, where he used to work as a welder.
Rajeshwari Rajpat, Urmila's daughter-in-law claims that her mother-in-law has been charged wrongly.
“The woman came with the foetus' head stuck and legs out. The girl had to be carried. She was in so much pain. My mother-in-law decided to help them. She didn't ask for money. The girl is being forced by someone to say these things," Rajpat said.