A 23-year-old woman from Bengkulu, Indonesia passed away after persistent complaints of nausea and an aching belly for days on end.
The family decided to investigate the mysterious death, and as a result, the police have uncovered three suspects believed to be responsible for her death.
Doni Juniansyah, a spokesman for the police and Head of the Kepiahang Crime Investigation Unit, said that one of the suspects was the victim’s 27-year-old boyfriend.
He allegedly requested two members of the hospital staff to aid him in obtaining abortion pills from the pharmacy.
The deceased had taken the pills on two separate occasions. First, she consumed five pills. When the fetus failed to be expelled, she took another six pills a week later.
She died merely days after being rushed to the hospital in severe pain.
All three suspects are currently detained.
In Malaysia, even safe medical abortion procedures are not permitted unless the pregnancy imposes serious threats to the woman’s physical or mental wellbeing. However, many prohibited feticide pills are being sold and smuggled via e-commerce sites.
Health minister Dr Noor Hisham voiced out concern regarding the matter, saying that these pills have not even been registered in Malaysia.
According to The Star, sellers claim that the pills can be utilised to terminate pregnancies under 59 days, and a total of five tablets are needed in order to see results. Most of which are meant to occur within the next 24 hours.
Unbearable pain is to be expected, and sellers urge consumers to take painkillers to calm themselves. Other side effects include excessive bleeding, infections, uterine rupture and toxic shock.
Over 100 boxes have been sold nationwide.
Sellers claim that users have shared thrilled messages with them, providing positive testimonies of their speedy results.
Some websites even featured photo evidence from customers, mostly images of the discharged foetuses or clots of blood, while some users on the other hand reported that the pills failed to end their pregnancies altogether.