Maharashtra – 17 including 5 doctors, to be tried for murder in Beed #PCPNDT


Syed Rizwanullah, TNN Jun 20, 2013, 

AURANGABAD: Around 16 people, including five doctors, involved in cases of  sex selection  in Maharashtra’s Beed district in 2012 will now be tried for murder instead of culpable homicide.

The accused include five medical practitioners, hospital staffers, the women who gave birth to the female fetuses and their male relatives.



The Beed court framed the charges in the case on Tuesday. In all, 17 people had been booked.

On June 2, 2012, two female foetuses were found abandoned on the Bindusara river bank on the outskirts of Beed city. Another foetus was recovered from a village in Beed district, where the relatives had allegedly buried it. All the foetues had been aborted at Beed’s Sanap Hospital.

Shivaji Sanap, the medical practitioner who was arrested on June 2, 2012, for illegally aborting the fetues, is still in judicial custody. The others have been granted bail, the government pleader said. The hospital premises is owned by Sanap’s father-in-law Shrihari Lahane, a senior medical practitioner, who is among the 16 people charged.

The medical practitioners involved in the case expressed shock over the court’s move. “It has shocked us but we cannot make any comment on the court’s move as it is a part of the judicial process,” they said.

“We will consult legal experts and our lawyers to explore the possibility of challenging the order. We are waiting for a full text of the court’s move,” the added.



Maharashtra -21 docs in trouble for flouting sex test rules #goodnews

 | Aug 8, 2012, 02.48AM IST


MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Medical Council(MMC) has suspended the registration of 21 doctors and warned another 12 for their alleged involvement in sex determination tests, which they conducted by flouting the rules under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

To practise in the state, all doctors have to be registered with the MMC. “The council received 50 proposals for initiating action against erring doctors. Registration of 21 doctors were suspended and 12 doctors were let off after being warned against conducting sex determination tests. Action against 17 is either pending with or being processed by the MMC ,” a senior health official said.

“If the MMC suspends a doctor’s registration, then s/he cannot practice for five years or till court gives him/her a clean chit. The doctor’s membership will be permanently terminated, if s/he is convicted,” said Dr Kishore Tawri, president of MMC that has the power to suspend doctors. , temporarily or permanently.

If a doctor is caught flouting the Act a second time, his/her registration is supposed to be cancelled and he/she can never practise.

Most of the suspended doctors are from rural Maharashtra, especially Beed and Jalgaon, which figure on the list of districts having poor child sex ratio. According to the census, the state’s child sex ratio in 2011 was 833 girls per 1,000 boys against 913 per girls per 1,000 boys in 2001. The worst record is that of Beed, which registered a drop of 93 girls in the past decade; from 894 girls in 2001, it went down to 801 in 2011.

Some senior health officials are displeased with the MMC for letting off 12 doctors without taking stern action. “Letting them go with a mere warning is not in good taste,” an official said. Refuting the allegation, Tawri said, “Doctors who were given warning and allowed to practise had flouted rules in 2001. The PCPNDT Act came in force in 2003. So, the council had no choice but to let them go.” giving warning to these 12 doctors,”

On Tuesday, a meeting was held in Mantralaya to take stock of the implementation of the PCPNDT Act in the state. It was chaired by public health minister Suresh Shetty and attended by additional chief secretary (health) T C Benjamin and senior BMC and home department officials.

“Ways to curbsex selection  in the state were reviewed,” Shetty said.The female foeticide grabbed headlines and attention of the politicians to the issue after a doctor couple from Beed district— Dr Sudam Munde and his wife Dr Saraswati were found guilty of conducting illegal abortion in their clinic. The Munde couple has been booked for culpable homicide in connection with death of a woman while undergoing abortion at their hospital in May, this year.

Beed Doctor couple surrenders- Illegal abortions

Travelled to seven states and changed 20 sim cards while on run

Published: Sunday, Jun 17, 2012, 21:23 IST | Updated: Monday, Jun 18, 2012, 0:24 IST
Place: Beed | Agency: PTI and TNN

Late on Sunday evening, the doctor couple involved in the illegal abortions taking place in Beed district surrendered to the Parli police, after being on the run for close to a month. Dr Sudam Munde and his wife Saraswati, infamous for running Munde Hospital at Parli taluka in Beed, which performed rampant illegal abortions, allegedly used to send pregnant women to a Jalgaon doctor to determine the gender of the unborn child, before aborting it.

“Dr Sudam Munde and his wife Dr Saraswati booked under section 304 of IPC for culpable homicide surrendered before the Parli city police at around 9 PM,” police inspector Ramrao Gadekar of Parli City police station said.

Earlier in the day, police searched the house of the doctor couple at Parli, sources said.

The couple is accused of carrying out abortion on sugarcane worker Vijaymala Patekar, who was in her second trimester, at their hospital in Parli on May 18, which resulted in her death.

On May 19, the couple had secured bail from Parli court, and went into hiding from May 23, they said.

The bail was subsequently cancelled by the sessions court in Ambejogai on May 26 on petition of the Beed district health department in a 2010 case under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

Varsha Deshpande of NGO Lekladki Abhiyan had through a sting operation exposed that sex-determination tests were being conducted at Munde’s hospital in 2010, following which the doctors had been booked under the PCPNDT Act.

The Parli court on June 3 declared the couple “absconding”.

The duo then moved the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court for relief which upheld the local court order on June 15.

Beed: Where no law of the land applies

Surendra Gangan | Thursday, June 14, 2012

Is Beed district in Marathwada an isolated island where no law of the land is applicable?

Why is the administration of a so-called progressive state like Maharashtra helpless when almost every rule and norm has been violated for years? Why are marriages of minor girls, dowry practices and sex selection  not treated as crime here?

Such questions, which would disturb any normal mind, have not had any effect on the government or the political leaders who claim to be the torchbearers of the region, where  sex selection is an everyday affair, and where the butcher doctors of Parali proudly admit that theirs is an ‘abortion hub’ and dare the system to take them on.

Dr Sudam Munde, who according to the police is at large, used to throw female foetuses wrapped in polythene bags at social workers who would protest against him, openly challenging them. The district superintendent of police has requested the home department to shift the cases outside the district as his force was facing tremendous political pressure. The SP at least was candid enough to admit that some things are out of his control, but the collector has been brazenly claiming that there was nothing wrong in the system.

No activist is ready to believe that the culprits would be brought to book, as the doctor who the police say is absconding is readily available to sign his bail application. Even this much action against him has been possible only because a mother was killed along with the foetus six months ago. But even this action by the government is a case of too little too late, as the latest child ration fell to a further 801.

Here, both well-to-do families and the farm hands consider the birth of girl child a curse. The dowry system still prevails in some communities that dominate the district’s population and that has been the root cause for female foeticide. Marrying a girl without dowry — usually ranging from Rs5 lakh to Rs20 lakh — remains a dream. Parents of girls do not even wait for them to reach the age of 18 and marry them off immediately after they attain puberty. Factor in the rampant illiteracy, and the giving birth to a girl child in these villages becomes a nightmare.

The questions remain: Is our administration really interested in curbing these practices? Will the political heavyweights behind such practices be made to pay the price for their sins?

Maharashtra to take ‘gandhigiri’ route to curb sex selection

Sanjeev Shivadekar, TNN Jun 13, 2012, 10.06PM IST

MUMBAI: The state government will now be trying ‘gandhigiri’ to arrest declining girl child sex ratio in Maharashtra. The state government has decided to give a letter to every rural couple who gets married, explaining why sex selection  is a sin against humanity.

Satej Patil, minister of state for rural development said, “If government has to arrest the declining child sex ratio, there is need to create awareness about girl child among couples getting married. Also besides stringent laws, there is need for more target oriented awareness on the issue” “Roping in couple getting married in the drive would help the government in dealing with the issue. Hence, the rural development department has decided to direct gram panchayat members to keep tabs on marriages happening in their areas. The member of the said gram panchayat will be asked to attend the marriage ceremony and hand over a government letter explaining the importance of a girl child in the society,” Patil added.

The move from the state government comes following the recent incidents of sex selection  found in Beed district of Marathwada region. The census reveals that Maharashtra’s child sex ratio in 2011 was 833 girls per 1000 boys as against 913 per 1,000 boys in 2001. Beed district is the worst affected, with a drop of 93 in the last decade-894 girls in 2001 as against 801 in 2011.

Further replying to a query on when will be the first letter dispatched, Patil said, “Modalities to work out the plan is on. Next week, the draft of the letter that will be handed over to the couples will be finalised and subsequently the orders for initiating the drive will be issued.”

Also the minister has asked for a crackdown on medical shops selling abortion pills without proper prescription. Patil, minister of state for food and drug administration said, “There are reports that abortion pills are freely available as medical shops are selling these drugs without prescription from appropriate authority. To curb such practices, the department has asked FDA officials to conduct special drive in the state, especially in the districts having low girl child sex ratio.”

While many are criticising the state government for its failure to handle the issue, actor Amir Khan in his letter to public health minister Suresh Shetty has appreciated efforts taken by the Maharashtra government to deal with the declining girl child sex ratio. Last month the state government had written a letter to Khan, thanking the actor for taking up the social issue—declining child sex ratio.

Our family never longed for male child- Really ?

TOI Speaks To Neelabai Patekar, Mother-In-Law Of Vijaymala, Whose Death Exposed Illegal Abortions In Beed

Sumitra Deb Roy | TNN

Vijaymala Patekar (23), whose death while undergoing termination of pregnancy exposed the thriving market of illegal abortions in Beed district, was pregnant for the sixth time. Local health reports showed she had aborted a child two years back but this time she was not as ‘lucky’.
Her daughters Rohini (11), Tejaswini (10), Rutuja (9) and Rama (2) are staring at a bleak future now. With their mother gone and father in jail for pushing their mother to abort the foetus, the girls are all but “orphaned”. Vijaymala’s death took place at Munde hospital in Parli.
When TOI visited the Patekars on Wednesday at their village Bhopa, around 100 km from Beed town, the family looked dazed about the turn of events and refused to acknowledge that she had aborted another child in 2009. Reports said she had attempted two abortions before.
This was confirmed by reports maintained by the local anganwadi.
“She had stopped coming to the anganwadi for her quota of food after her fourth month of pregnancy. This was in April 2009, when she would not even turn up for vaccination. When we asked her about this, she said she had a miscarriage. Most women say that after they get an abortion done, but it would be unfair to blame them,” said anganwadi sevika Ranerasha Vitthal Rao, who has been running the anganwadi
in the area since 1994.
Vijaymala’s mother-in-law Neelabai (67) showed discomfort when asked about the abortion that killed her daughter-in-law. “We know nothing about it. My son and his wife left for the hospital on the morning of May 18 for a ‘check-up’ for backache. We then got a call from my son saying she was no more,” she said.
Neelabai said the family never longed for a male child.
“We are happy with our girls. Of course, we have no avenues to raise these children,” she said.
Vijaymala and husband Mahadev used to migrate to Karnataka for sugarcane cutting for six months every year and got a measly amount of Rs 25,000-30,000. Mahadev’s parents, both above 65, said they did not have resources to fight for their son’s release. The Parli police complained how the Patekars have not lodged any complaint against Dr Sudam Munde.
June 5: Teams of government officials and police, while conducting raid on hospitals, find Dr Madhav Sanap of Bhagwan hospital carrying out sex selection tests
Sanap’s registration cancelled for five years by Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) six months ago as he was illegally running it under the name of his anesthetist, Dr A Dahiphalkar
Both doctors absconding
Three incidents in Beed and one of its talukas, Parli, have highlighted the flourishing industry of illegal abortions and female foeticide DOC COUPLE GETS COURT NOTICE
May 18: Vijaymala Patekar (22) dies of bleeding while undergoing illegal abortion in sixth month of gestation at Munde hospital
Dr Sudam Munde and doctor wife Saraswati claim patient died of excessive bleeding but absconded after details of female infanticide surface
Police investigations reveal 40 bank accounts, 120 acres of land and deposits of over Rs 1 crore
Parli court issues notice directing doctor couple to surrender before July 3 or else property will be sealed 2 BOOKED FOR DUMPING FOETUSES
June 3: Two female foetuses found in dry basin of Bindusara river Administration and cops trace back foetuses to Sanap hospital run by Dr Shivaji Sanap
Police say foetuses belonged to unmarried girl from Pune and married woman from Georai tehsil. Both abortions illegal as they were performed beyond five months
Mangal Masu Dhighe (29) and Manisha Vilas Javle (28), ayahs at Dr Sanap’s hospital, booked for dumping foetuses
Police find another unmarried girl in hospital whose foetus was also aborted at Sanap hospital
Aborted female foetus taken to Kakad-Hira village of Patoda tehsil by the girl’s parents. Police recover foetus and bring it for post-mortem
Dr Sanap remanded to police custody till June 12.
Police arrest father-inlaw Dr Srihari Lahane on June 6 (With inputs from Atul Kulkarni)

The reports coming from Beed indicate a strong nexus between the sex determinationabortion industry and the administration. The Mundes’ hospital seems to have fed on this nexus and prospered. How else does one explain the administration not knowing what seems to have been common knowledge in the entire belt? And how else does one explain the doctors’ burgeoning practice despite being under the scanner? The state and local administration appear to be equal partners in this crime with the doctors.

Beed police arrest licencee of Sanap hospital

, TNN | Jun 6, 2012, 05.32AM IST

AURANGABAD: The Beed police on Wednesday arrested Shrihari Lahane, father-in-law of medical practitioner Shivaji Sanap, who was arrested on Saturday for allegedly performing abortions on three women and making his employees dump two female foetuses. The other foetus was buried by relatives of one of the women.

Lahane is a medical practitioner and the licencee of Sanap hospital. Deputy superintendent of police (Beed) Vidyanand Kale told the TOI, “Lahane was arrested on Wednesday and will be made a co-accused in the case.”

“The administration issued a notice to Sanap on Tuesday, asking him to reply within 24 hours why his hospital should not be sealed under section 133 of the CrPC,” Beed sub-divisional magistrate Ganesh Nirahali told TOI on Wednesday.

The Beed district administration also initiated the process to seal the hospital which is owned by Sanap on Tuesday. The district magistrate and the sub-divisional magistrate are empowered to seal hospital premises to avoid unlawful obstruction or nuisance after receiving a report from a police officer.

The administration had sealed another hospital in Beed on Tuesday for functioning without a licence. During a search for suspects involved in dumping of foetuses, Beed civil surgeon Gauri Rathod found Bhagwan hospital being run illegally, by Madhav Sanap.

“Following a complaint lodged by Rathod, police had conducted an inquiry and then requested us to seal the hospital. We issued a notice to Sanap. His reply was unsatisfactory,” Nirahali said.

Shivaji Sanap and two of his women employees, Lata Jogdand and Manisha Jawale, were arrested on Saturday in connection with the abortion and subsequent dumping of the female foetuses. On the following day, the husband and father of a woman were held for burying a foetus in their home. On Monday, the father of an unmarried woman and her boyfriend were also arrested.

In another case, a pharmacist working at a pharmacy owned by Priya Sanap, wife of Shivaji Sanap, was arrested on Tuesday for stocking abortion drugs.

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