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Single mother, infant dies while delivering baby via YouTube video

Asian Age 2019-03-12 12:13:00

Lucknow: A 26-year-old unmarried pregnant women from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, attempted to deliver her baby while watching a child delivery video on YouTube. Both the mother and her son died during the process, police officials said on Monday.

As per reports, the incident took place on Sunday night in Bilandpur area, where the single mother was reportedly living in her rented apartment.

HT reported that the station house officer (SHO), Cantonment, Ravi Rai told the possible reason behind her self-delivery attempt was “fear of the social stigma attached to being an unmarried mother.” Rai also said that this matter came to light when the deceased’s neighbours informed her landlord about blood flowing out of her room on Monday morning.

The SHO further told HT that her landlord Ravi Upadhyay broke the door and found the woman and baby lying dead. He immediately informed the police after which the woman's body was sent for post-mortem.

The woman whose identity has not been revealed was found lying in the pool of blood with scissors, a blade and some thread, said Rai.

During the investigation, police recovered her mobile phone which revealed that she was watching the clips related to 'how to deliver a baby by self’ on YouTube.

Allegedly, the woman was living in Gorakhpur for the past four years and was preparing for competitive exams but had moved to the rented apartment four days ago.

According to reports, the woman's family have been informed but no FIR has been registered.