Daijiworld Media Network - Shivamogga (SP)
Shivamogga, Sep 15: An unmarried lady died within a couple of hours after giving birth to a male baby prematurely at McGann Hospital here. The baby also died upon delivery. Now the question of deciding who fathered the baby that is not alive has to be resolved by the police.
The lady who passed away after the childbirth was Ashwini, a resident of Upparakery in Kumsi village in the taluk. She had fallen in love with a youth named Madhusudan belonging to a neighbouring village when studying in Ayanur. As the girl belonged to a poor family, she had gone to Mysuru in search of a job later. When in Mysuru, she came close to Basavaraj, and soon she fell in love with him.
On account of corona lockdown, Ashwini came back to her village. When visiting Kumsi, she also brought Basavaraj with her. When the family members questioned her, she said he was a friend and had come here to spend lockdown time and that he would return in a few days. As the family repeatedly questioned Basavaraj's presence, he returned to Mysuru within two weeks.
Within a few days after the return of Basavaraj, Ashwini's health condition became volatile and she started visiting hospitals. Her stomach began to bloat and she told her parents she had a gastric problem and they believed her. On September 12, Ashwini suffered from acute stomach ache and the parents took her to McGann Hospital here where the doctors confirmed that she was pregnant. Ashwini went into labour and gave birth to a male baby prematurely. The child died soon upon birth and Ashwini died within two hours thereafter due to excessive bleeding.
The Kumsi police, who registered the case, tried to find out who was responsible for her pregnancy. Ashwini was in love with Madhusudan in the past and then loved Basavaraj. As Ashwini was in her village during the lockdown, she would have met Madhusudan, the police feel. They have sent blood samples of the mother and the child to the forensic science laboratory at Bengaluru for testing. If legal problems arise, the police have planned to solve the fatherhood riddle through a DNA test.