Woman forced to deliver baby outdoors

October 3rd, 2008 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Oct 3 (IANS) An unmarried women in Jharkhand’s Khuti district has been forced by her relatives to deliver her baby out in the open.According to media reports Friday, Sombari gave birth to her baby Wednesday in Janumpindi village of Khuti district, around 70 km from the state capital here.

Sombari, an orphan, fell in love with a boy of her village and was ditched after she conceived, the reports said. Her lover eloped with another girl of the village.

Her decision to deliver the baby invited the wrath of the villagers, who ostracised her. Sombari was living with her uncle after her father died when she was three years old. Her mother had remarried.

When Sombari became pregnant her uncle forced her to leave his house.

Manga, uncle of Sombari, reportedly said: “She was not married according to rituals of our society. The village panchayat would have ostracised me if I had allowed her to deliver the baby in my house.”

After she delivered the baby, Sombari was admitted to a local hospital at the initiative of some local leaders.

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