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‘Love jihad’: Was tortured at shelter, given injections at hospital after which I miscarried, says UP woman | Bareilly News - Times of India

Moradabad: Back home with her in-laws at Kanth in Moradabad after 10 days, the 22-year-old woman who was sent away to a shelter while police investigated her husband for “love jihad”, hospitalised with pregnancy-related complications and released on Monday night said she was tortured at the shelter. She added that she miscarried after she was administered injections and was discharged without her ultrasound report. While the hospital denied the insinuation that abortion was induced, it did say that there appears to be a “risk to the baby” because of the symptoms.
“I was taken to the shelter at 2.30am on December 5. I was tortured there,” she said on Tuesday. "I had sudden abdominal pain and they took me to a hospital on December 11. The doctor there gave me injections, after which I started bleeding lightly."
"Two days later, I was given four more injections. I started bleeding heavily. I miscarried. Since then, the bleeding has not stopped.”
When she was discharged, she was not given her medical reports. On Tuesday, when she got sick again, she consulted a doctor at a private clinic but didn’t have the records. She got another ultrasound done at a private lab in Moradabad in the evening, her father-in-law said. The report is expected on Wednesday morning.
At the district hospital where she had been admitted, acting chief medical superintendent and senior gynaecologist Dr Nirmala Pathak denied the allegation. “That’s a wrong allegation. When she had come in with pain in the abdomen and slight bleeding, we had administered Ethamsylate injection (an anti-haemorrhagic agent) to stop the bleeding and given her pain medication,” she told TOI. In the time that the woman was at the hospital, only ultrasound scans had been done on her.
On Monday, she had said that a trans-vaginal scan would have to be done to see if the baby was alright: “She has to be tested. We will ask (for tests) from Meerut maybe.” The Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College had not got any word till Tuesday evening, when TOI checked. “No information about the case has been given to us so far,” Dr Yasmeen Usmani, head of the radiology department at the Meerut hospital, told TOI.
Pathak later said the woman has been given a “referral slip” to the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College in Meerut to go get tested herself.
Asked why the patient was not handed her own medical files during discharge, Pathak said, “We will provide a report to the police. How do we give the records to the patients? It is that kind of case, medico-legal. She can write to us and seek a copy if she wants.” As for the miscarriage itself, Pathak added, “Because she came in with pain in the abdomen and bleeding, there is a risk to the baby.”
The shelter authorities, too, denied the torture allegations. “No one mistreated the woman. I deny this. There are 39 women at the shelter. No one has made any such complaint,” district probation officer Rajesh Gupta said.
The woman, meanwhile, said she now hoped her husband would be back too. She told TOI, “My husband and in-laws are very supportive. Once he is back, we will build a future together. But I want protection from Bajrang Dal so we can go on with our lives.”
(With inputs from Ishita Bhatia in Meerut)