DOWA-(MaraviPost)-A 17-year-old girl in Dowa has died after allegedly taking fumigation tablets to abort a five months pregnancy.
The deceased has been identified as Tiyanjane Banda from Besela Village in the area of Traditional Authority Msakambewa in Dowa District.
Gladson M’bumpha, Dowa Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) told The Maravi Post that the incident happened on Friday night. October 9, 2020 between Besela Village and Dowa District Hospital.
M’bumpha however disclosed that police arrested the deceased boyfriend, Bester Edson Banda, aged 25, on a murder charge.
“It is alleged that on this fateful day, the deceased in consultation with her boyfriend, who is a taxi driver, was given six fumigation tablets by the suspect (Banda) so that she should have unsafe abortion.
“The girl drunk two tablets around evening hours and started feeling unwell and was taken to Dzaleka Health Centre for examination and treatment,” he said.
M’bumpha added, “Later the girl was referred to Dowa District Hospital and before her death, she revealed that she was given the fumigation pills by her boyfriend.
“The girl died while receiving treatment at Dowa District Hospital.Postmortem conducted at Dowa District Hospital revealed that death was due to acute poisoning”.
Meanwhile, police have recovered the remaining tablets from the deceased house.