Kerala: Pregnant woman dies after she is refused seat on bus, newborn saved

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In a shocking incident of public apathy, a 34-year-old pregnant woman lost her life after she fell off a moving bus.  Nadisha was 8 months pregnant and had to stand in the bus as all the seats were occupied. She fell off as the bus took a turn and sustained serious head injury.

At the hospital, doctors managed to save the infant but Nadisha succumbed. The incident took place in Thodupuzha area in Kottayam district, Kerala. Nadisha boarded the bus to return home in Eerattupetta

Even as the bus started to move, nobody offered her a seat and she was forced to hold on to a rail. Few minutes into the journey, the driver took a sharp turn. Nadisha lost her balance and fell off the bus through the front door.

Kerala: Pregnant woman dies after she is refused seat on bus, newborn saved

Though she was admitted to a multi speciality hospital nearby, the doctors couldn’t save her as she had lost too much blood. However they successfully got the baby out before Nadisha gave up. The doctor said her baby was kept under observation.Local police said that the door was open even while the bus moving which was a violation of the motor vehicle guidelines.

The driver has been booked and has been charged with rash driving and causing death by negligence. The police have also seized the bus. No case has been registered for not providing a seat to the woman.

The Motor Vehicles Act, that was amended last year, has provisions to reserve at least one seat for pregnant women in transport buses.

 The Act was amended following directions from the State Human Rights Commission.

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