When Gulbano was married, she was hardly 15 years old. She lived in a far-flung village in district Kech and her parents belonged to a very poor family and un-educated. One year after marriage she became pregnant but couldn,t be sent to any hospital for regular checking since the nearest hospital with gynecological facilities was 120 K.M. away from her village. When her delivery time came, a local ‘Dai’ attended her. Due to complications, the ‘Dai’ could not manage her and having no other option she was shifted to the district hospital located in Turbat City in a private Van. Unfortunately,she expired before reaching to the hospital.
“Gulbano’s story is not an isolated one! In far flung villages of Balochistan, it is common to hear expiry of newly married girls at the time of their first delivery.In most of the cases, both the mother and newborn expire, in some cases, one of the two survives. The main reason for these fatal deaths is girls’marriage at early age.