Pratibha is two-months pregnant, and on August 11, she went into the Karunagapally Taluk hospital in Kerala for a routine check-up. She was a little surprised when the doctor allegedly wrote her a prescription, and asked her to change into a lungi and a T-shirt and go into the labour room.
Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed. And to her shock, the nurses reportedly told her that it was an abortion pill - although she hadn’t requested an abortion at all.
“She asked me to go to the labour room with a T-shirt and lungi, I wondered why was it for. After nurses told me the tablets were wrong, I took the prescription to a medical store where they confirmed that it was an abortion pill,” she says.
When Pratibha confronted the doctor, she was in for another shock.
“She shouted at me saying she had explained everything to me when I visited her house. I have never visited her house, I was consulting her for the first time! Then she asked another woman who sat behind me, whether she was given any prescription. That is when she realised she got confused with the patients,” Prabitha said.
She added that she would give a complaint to the health department director as well as the Health Minister regarding this.