Another case of Sex Selection in Beed

Just days after killer doc went missing, two bodies found in a garbage dump near a crematorium

Sunday, June 03, 2012 at 02:52:46 AM

The state health department has instructed Beed district authorities to inspect all maternity homes and centres for Medical Termination of Pregnancy across the district after two aborted female foetuses were found in a garbage dump on Saturday.

According to sources in the department, one of the foetuses was around eight months old, and the other six months. “These are clearly cases of drug-induced abortions, which is a clear violation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques  Act,” said a department official.

The health department, with the help of local police, will begin inspecting all the maternity centres and collecting records of the patients admitted and deliveries and abortions conducted to find out where these two foetuses could have come from.

The two bodies were found in a garbage dump next to on Barshi Road. Dr Gauri Rathod, and a civil surgeon picked them up and sent them for a post-mortem at Ambejogai.

Beed district has the lowest male-female sex ratio among children under the age of 6 in Maharashtra – 801 females against 100 male children – according to the 2011 census.

Minister of Public Health Suresh Shetty said, “It is illegal to conduct an abortion after the foetus is older than 20 weeks, which is the case here.”

A senior doctor from the district said, “Beed has become famous for the female infanticide. The government needs to take stricter action against doctors who conduct these procedures to set an example.”

Beed police are still looking for the doctor couple, Dr Sundam Munde and his wife Sarwasti, who fled after conducting an illegal abortion and killed the 28-year-old woman, Vijaymala Patekar, they were operating on.

Varsha Deshpande, president of Lekh Ladki Abhiyan, an NGO that works against  sex selection said, “Dr Munde probably has some political clout or police backing, because, otherwise, he would have been caught by now.”

 What is MTP 

» Medical Termination of Pregnancy also called induced abortion, and is a way of terminating an unwanted pregnancy.

» Any qualified gynecologist (MD/DGO) can perform MTP in a place recognised by the govt.

» It is legally permitted up to 20 weeks of gestation.

» It is illegal to perform MTP after determining sex of the child.


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