Man held for wife’s death during delivery

The Nallur police on Friday arrested J. Karthikeyan, 34, over the death of his wife while delivering a baby at home. The deceased, K. Krithika, 28, died of profuse bleeding after delivering a girl at her residence on July 22. Karthikeyan was said to have chosen to have the delivery at home with the help of his friend and the latter’s wife, instead of admitting Krithika to a hospital.The couple’s decision to deliver the baby at home was based on Karthikeyan’s belief that their second child would be a reincarnation of his grandfather, a naturalist who, they believed, had never had to go to a hospital for treatment throughout his life, until he passed away at the age of 74.

After a detailed inquiry, the Nallur police arrested Karthikeyan on Friday. The case, which was initially registered under Section 174 (unnatural death) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, was altered to Section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (Causing death due to negligence).

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