Woman delivers in aircraft, tries to disown baby

Amritsar, July 7 (Calcutta Tube) A young Indian medical student, returning from Turkmenistan, gave birth to a baby aboard a plane and tried to flee after leaving behind the newborn in the toilet. She was later arrested, police said Wednesday.

According to the airport police, the woman was identified as Amandeep Kaur Mann, a resident of Punjab’s Hoshiarpur town.

She left the child in the plane’s toilet and came out of the aircraft when it landed at the Rajasansi international airport here Wednesday. The newborn was later recovered by the aircraft crew and taken to a hospital here, officials said.

Amandeep was a medical student of a college in Turkmenistan and had boarded the flight from its capital Ashgabat.

‘While in the flight, Mann was very disturbed and she was rushing to the toilet very frequently. Some co-passengers and the aircraft staff also inquired about her health,’ a police official said.

‘But after the plane landed, she immediately got down and tried to flee but was apprehended by the airport police. The aircraft crew was shocked to hear the baby crying in the toilet,’ he added.

Police said that initially Amandeep refused to admit that she had given birth to the child but broke down and confessed during interrogation. A case has been filed against her.

Both the woman and her baby were admitted to a hospital and doctors said their condition was normal.

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