Rickshaw driver kills doc over death of pregnant wife


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 05 Jan 2012

AN auto rickshaw driver in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, was so upset over the loss of his wife and their unborn child that he hacked to death their doctor, reported Makkal Osai.

R. Mahesh, 28, barged into the clinic of Dr T. Sethulakshmi, 55, on Monday with his friends and hacked the doctor with a sickle, killing her on the spot.

Police said Mahesh used to take his wife, Nithya, 24, to the clinic for check-ups when she was pregnant.

However, on Dec 30, Nithya, who was then six months pregnant, was rushed to the clinic after complaining of severe abdominal pains.

The doctor later found that the foetus had died and insisted on Nithya undergoing a Caesarean section to save her.

When Nithya developed complications during the surgery, she was referred to a private hospital but died on the way.

Mahesh then accused the doctor of having misdiagnosed his wife's condition, leading to her death and the stillborn child.

> The daily also reported that residents of Kampung Ulu Tupai (formerly Kampung Cowboy) in Ipoh had presented a memorandum to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir asking his help in solving their land woes.

The residents called upon the Mentri Besar to help them secure land titles for the houses that they had been living in for the past 50 years.

One resident, P. Chandrakala, 63, said she had been offered a piece of land near a rubbish dump while the one that she had been staying on was given to another person.

She added that although the issue was raised with various political party leaders since 2003, there was no progress.

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this > sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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