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New charges in suicide of Indian actress following her abortion

by | Dec 11, 2015

Report says boyfriend held aborted baby in his hands while actress bled

By Dave Andrusko

Jiah Khan (left) and Sooraj Pancholi

Jiah Khan (left) and Sooraj Pancholi

A few hours ago, India Today reported still another twist in the sad, sad death of Indian actress Jiah Khan, whose abortion “left her an emotional wreck, possibly leading to her suicide” in June 2013.

Her boyfriend, actor Sooraj Pancholi, has been “charged with abetment to Khan’s suicide under the section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” the Mumbai Mirror reported. According to a charge sheet, following a second round of abortifacients, Pancholi “extricated the foetus and disposed of it in the toilet.” (A charge sheet is a formal document of accusation prepared by law-enforcement agencies in India.)

The Mirror obtained access to the charge sheet and reported that

Khan was four months pregnant when she informed Pancholi. According to the publication, Khan obtained some “medicines for medical termination of pregnancy “(chemical abortifacients) but she did not expel a dead baby.

“The couple then approached another doctor and finally a gynaecologist who prescribed a stronger and more effective combination of drugs,” according to reporters Divyesh Singh & Dharmendra Tiwari.

“After taking the medicine, Khan started haemorrhaging and called Pancholi for help. She was in pain and needed immediate medical attention but Pancholi allegedly asked her to wait and called up the gynaecologist for guidance. He was asked to rush Khan to hospital as the foetus had probably aborted but had not been expelled from the body, which is probably what led to the haemorrhaging,” the charge sheet says.

Using the charge sheet as their source, Singh and Tiwari decided to take matters into his own hands, rather than take Khan to a hospital and their relationship become public. He “extracted” the baby himself, dumped the baby into a toilet which “allegedly left a deep emotional scar on Khan.”

None of this would likely have gone public had Rabia Khan, Jiah Khan’s mother, not asked the Bombay High Court in July 2014 to determine whether her daughter’s death was a suicide or homicide.

The High Court tasked the special crime division of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate.

Categories: Abortion
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