Pregnant woman from Udupi possibly tortured, dies in Madikeri

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Udupi, May 21: A woman named Zohra, hailing from Mallar here died in a hospital in Madikeri on Monday May 19. She was 8 months pregnant, and her death was sudden, it is said.

Zohra (27) was married to Mohammed Nisar (26) from Belapu. It is said that it was a love marriage. They had married about six years ago, and have a son. After their marriage, the couple stayed in Belapu for some time and then settled down in Madikeri.

Zohra was admitted to a hospital in Napoklu in Madikeri on Monday. Her husband said she suffered from some nerve problem. Her condition worsened all of a sudden and she passed away. Soon after her death, Zohra’s father was informed and he along with other family members rushed to Napoklu.

Her father alleged that Zohra was tortured by her husband and a complaint was filed against him in Napoklu police station. Zohra’s family demanded that the post-mortem be conducted in Udupi, and accordingly, the body was brought to Ajjarkad hospital on Wednesday May 21. However, the post-mortem got delayed by several hours reportedly due to the absence of the doctor, which further distressed and angered the bereaved family.

The post-mortem did not start till evening. By evening, a lady doctor came to the hospital and the post-mortem got under way, sources said.

The family members speaking to media alleged that they were treated badly as they were poor and had no money to pay.

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