Nashik – Relatives stomp on Pregnant woman leading to abortion


Press Trust of India | Updated: April 16, 2013 15:18 IST

Nashik, MaharashtraIn-laws of 20-year-old pregnant woman here have been charged with murdering an unborn girl child after they allegedly stomped on her stomach and beat her, killing the two-month-old foetus, police said today.
The incident took place in the Mhasrul locality where victim Suvarna Gaikwad was being harassed mentally and physically for dowry since her marriage to Khanderao Gaikwad in June last year, they said.The young woman was being tortured to bring a dowry of Rs. 1.5 lakh for building a house. Later, when her in-laws came to know that she was pregnant, they took her to a ‘godman’ Shyambaba Shinde at Niphad, who told them that she was carrying a girl, police said.Suvarna was told to abort the girl child but when she refused to do so, she was allegedly roughed up by her husband, and family, including the mother-in-law killing the foetus on April 4.The matter was brought to light by Mahendra Datrange, President of Nashik unit of Blindfaith Eradicating organisation following which the husband, his brother Vijay Gaikwad, maternal father-in-law Dilip Suryavanshi and one of his kins Jalinder Suryavanshi was arrested yesterday, police said.

Offences have been registered against them under different sections of IPC at panchavati police station yesterday, police said.

Suvarna’s family, which alleged murder of the girl, is demanding the arrest of her mother-in-law Bibabai, Shinde and others involved in the killing

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Surrogacy Capital Ahemdabad claims-Test-tube babies beat child sex ratio


Bharat Yagnik & Radha Sharma, TNN Jun 13, 2012,

AHMEDABAD: Girls are beating the boys, at least in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) centres of the city. Gujarat may have ranked low on the sex ratio scale in the 2011 census, but the trend is quite the reve rse for test-tube babies. The 12 IVF centres in the city have shown a heartening trend – a total of 291 girls were born against 241 boys in the last one year.

District health officer of Ahmedabad, Dr Neelam Patel, who collated this data, said, “The data shows that the birth ratio is 54:46 in favour of girls. We had conducted this survey to ascertain the sex ratio in these clinics. The trend we got from IVF clinics is a pleasant surprise and quite encouraging.”

Dr Falguni Bavishi, who runs an IVF centre in Paldi, said: “Our clinic delivered 55.6% girls and 44.4% are boys. There is no method to choose between a boy or a girl, it depends on pure chance.” Dr Manish Banker, who runs an IVF clinic at Navrangpura, said: “From January this year, we have carried out 56 IVF deliveries, which include several cases of twins. Of these, 46 are girls and 31 boys.”

 The trend seems to be same elsewhere in Gujarat. Dr Naina Patel, who runs an IVF clinic and surrogacy centre in Anand, often dubbed as the surrogacy capital of India, said: “In 2011, we got 120 girls and as many boys. Close to 40% of these were IVF deliveries.

We do get patients from north India who make specific request for boys but we have no role to play in this matter. Couples from other regions do not have any reservations.”

Radiologists must get chance to clarify: Bombay HC


Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 8:00 IST
By Mustafa Plumber | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The Bombay high court has stated that any competent authority filing a case against a radiologist under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection Act), 1994, should allow ample opportunity to the doctor to explain his or her stand before registering and offence. Further, the authority should consider taking legal advice before registering such a case.

These observations were made by a single bench of Justice AV Nirgude, which quashed a criminal complaint against 60-year-old doctor Uma Shankarrao Rachewad, who was charged under various sections of the Act.

The bench said, “When the competent authority visits a clinic, after inspection s/he should record the statement of the person against whom s/he intends to file the case. In such a statement, such a person would get ample opportunity to put forward his or her explanation. The competent authority under this Act should consider each case on its merits, examine it meticulously, preferably with the help of a legal advisor, and then file a complaint in the court.”

According to the case registered against Dr Rachewad, it was alleged that on March 31, 2011, when officials visited his clinic, they saw that a number of F forms were filled out with “NA” (not applicable); forms pertaining to cases examined between March 8 and March 26 were not filled; and consent /declaration forms relating to cases examined between April 2009 and March 2010 were not present. Moreover, the clinic did not have signboards stating that pre-natal sex tests were not carried out there.

The court noted that the “NA” on the F forms was justified. Furthermore, it was observed that when the officials visited the clinic and did not find the consent /declaration forms, they should have asked for an explanatio

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