Beed Doctor Couple accused of sex selection, get 6 years in prison

Mumbai Mirror BureauA doctor couple from Beed accused of killing several female foetuses was sentenced to six years imprisonment and fined Rs 80,000 each by a court in Ambejogai on Monday. While two more cases are still pending against Dr Sudam Munde and his wife Saraswati, the conviction was announced in a 2010 case of a decoy operation in which the couple was caught red handed revealing sex of the unborn baby.”This is 19th conviction (in decoy operations) for us,” said Varsha Deshpande, a girl child activist with Lek Ladki Abhiyan, an NGO that has conducted the 2010 decoy operation by sending a pregnant woman to the couple’s Beed hospital. While Munde has been in jail since 2012, his wife Saraswati was out on bail. “The court cancelled her bail with immediate effect. She was taken into custody by the police on Monday,” said Deshpande.

While the sting operation by Lek Ladki Abhiyan was the first to expose the wrong doings of the doctor couple, two other cases – a 2011 case wherein 15 female feotuses were found disposed of in a well on the field owned by Dr Munde and the second case of 2012 wherein a sugarcane worker Vijaymala Patekar died after undergoing an illegal abortion in the second trimester – are still pending against them. “We are expecting seven years imprisonment in the first case and life imprisonment in the second one,” said Deshpande.

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