Beed’s Doc Death who fed foetuses to his dog

Cover Story, Mumbai Mirror


Gruesome twist in  sex selection  case

Case given to Crime Branch after premilinary inquiry

 Santosh Andhale

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 03:57:00 AM

The doctor from Beed who was booked in a female foeticide case last week used to destroy evidence by feeding the foetuses to his pet dogs, the state health department has found.

The health minister has asked the Crime Branch to take over investigations after shocking evidence was found against the accused, Dr Sundam Munde, during preliminary inquiries.

This is the first time that a doctor booked under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PCPNDT) will be investigated by the Crime Branch and not the police.

Beed, incidentally, has the worst child sex ratio in Maharashtra (801 girls per 1000 boys) as per the 2011 census. The issue of female foeticide has been widely discussed after a television show highlighted the menace a couple of weeks ago.

On May 18, Vijaymala Patekar, 28-years-old and six months pregnant, was admitted to Dr Munde’s abortion clinic in the Parli tehsil, but died during the procedure. According to the sources, Patekar had four daughters, and did not want another girl child.

While Dr Munde and his wife Dr Sarwasti Munde were booked under two sections of the IPC as well as the PCPNDT Act, the Crime Branch has also been asked to probe reports that the accused used his influence to continue practicing despite losing his license two years ago in another female foeticide case.

State health minister Suresh Shetty told Mumbai Mirror they were taking the case extremely seriously. “One of the officials told me that Dr Munde had four dogs, and that he used to feed them the foetuses after performing abortions to destroy evidence,” Shetty said.

“This doctor is notorious. Two years ago, health department officials sealed his sonography machine and cancelled his operating license for carrying out illegal sex determination tests and abortions. Despite this, he has managed to continue his practice.”

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Dattatray Mandlik, SP, Beed, said the accused had been booked under sections 304 A and 201 of the IPC (causing death by negligence, destroying evidence and providing false information). “There are two or three past cases already against this doctor.  We are investigating reports that he used to feed the foetuses to his dogs,” Mandlik said.

Two years ago, Dr Munde and his wife had been caught in a sting operation conducted by Lekh Ladki Abhiyan, an NGO working against female foeticide. Varsha Despande, its chief functionary, told Mumbai Mirror that though the clinic’s license had been revoked and sonography machines had been sealed, Dr Munde was back in business within less than a year. “In fact, the couple was booked in a second case in June 2011 after a foetus was found on their farm,” she said.

Deshpande and her colleagues met Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan on Monday, demanding the case against Dr Munde be heard outside the Marathwada region because of “the political clout he wielded there”.

The request is likely to be taken seriously, with the health minister confirming that they would approach the High Court this time. “We will pursue this case for as long as it takes to bring the accused to book,” he said.


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