Pharmacist arrested for botched abortion procedure in Thittakudi

He had been on the run for a month after causing the death of a 27-year-old woman

He had been on the run for a month after causing the death of a 27-year-old woman

A pharmacist, who had been on the run for a month after causing the death of a 27-year-old woman during a botched abortion procedure at his medical shop, was arrested by a Thittakudi police task force on Tuesday night .

The accused, identified as Murugan, owner of Om Sakthi Medicals in Ramanatham near Thittakudi, was brought before a local court and remanded in custody.

According to police, Anitha, wife of Velmurugan from Vepanthattai in Perambalur district, approached Murugan for an abortion because an illegal prenatal test revealed that the couple’s third child was female. The defendant reportedly prescribed pills and attempted the procedure at his medical store on May 5.

However, Anitha’s condition worsened and she succumbed at Perambalur Government General Hospital the following day. Murugan disappeared after the incident.

Acting on a tip, a special police team arrested him at a house in Ramanatham. A case has been brought against him under sections 314 (death caused by an act committed with intent to induce miscarriage), 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code read with section 4 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy and 15(3) Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

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