A killer pill, twice over
Sitting on a wooden bed covered with a dirty sheet in a 6x6ft shady room, which serves as a ' surgical ward' in the Nangloi area of west Delhi, Santosh Dai waits to perform what she calls ' safai' — i.e., getting rid of an unwanted child. From teenage girls to young married women, there are many who line up for such abortions.

However, in recent years, more and more women who visit her complain of ' septic' or failed abortions induced by Misoprostol and Mifepristone — tablets commonly used for abortion. Popping the pill to abort the child can lead to complications, and in some cases, even death....