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Police arrests man for preventing medical team to assist her pregnant daughter-in-law

After learning that the family had opted for a domiciliary delivery, the medical team and police personnel went to the place on Thursday night and pleaded with Dhanushkodi and others to let them do their duty, they said.


PTI Last Updated at 04-08-2018 19:21:49 IST India
Police arrests man for preventing medical team to assist her pregnant daughter-in-law

A man was arrested in this district after he and his family allegedly prevented a medical team from doing their duty as his daughter-in-law delivered a baby at home, police said today.

Dhanushkodi, his wife Alagammal and son Kannan (27) along with other family members had refused to allow a medical team and police personnel, who were waiting outside the house at Kottangipatti, to extend any assistance and also threatened them during an argument, they said.

After learning that the family had opted for a domiciliary delivery, the medical team and police personnel went to the place on Thursday night and pleaded with Dhanushkodi and others to let them do their duty, they said.

Despite arguing with the family for a few hours, the medical team was not allowed entry. The family was also warned about the dangers of performing delivery at home.

Police said Dhanushkodi and other members of the family insisted that only practitioners of Siddha medicine would be allowed to give treatment. Later, a Siddha doctor removed the umbilical cord, police said.

"My wife agreed to deliver the baby at home. With her consent, only the baby was delivered. In fact, most of the members in our family were born at home," Kannan said after Mahalakshmi delivered a boy.

"Nobody died at home while delivering children. Mistakes can even occur in the hospital... My wife, after the delivery, is working in the house without any tiredness," he added. While Dhanushkodi was arrested, a case has been registered against his wife and Kannan for putting Mahalakshmi's life at risk.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam told reporters at Theni that government would take steps to prevent such incidents in future.

Earlier last month, a couple's planned delivery at home with the aid of social media videos went horribly wrong, leaving a 28-year-old woman died after giving birth to a girl in Tirupur district.

The woman died due to excessive bleeding after delivery during which she was assisted by her husband and two of their friends.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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