Maharashtra Police on Sunday retrieved as many as 19 female foetuses from a sewer in a village in western Maharashtra’s Sangli district.
The police, while investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman after an illegal abortion, discovered the abandoned foetus in plastic bags in the sewer a few metres away from a private clinic, The Hindu reported.
The clinic, Bharati Hospital, is run by Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure. The doctor was arrested from Karnataka on Monday night.
The illegal operation used to be carried out on the ground floor of the clinic. Police scrutinised a register which apparently contained the name and address of patients. The ground floor was equipped with surgical instruments and other tools.
Similarly in 2010, a sting operation conducted by NGO ‘Lek Ladki Abhiyan’ had exposed a female foeticide racket involving Dr. Sudam Munde and his wife, Dr. Saraswati Munde, in Maharashtra’s Beed district. Munde had casually said the NGO that he fed the abandoned fetuses to dogs.
A local court in Beed had sentenced the couple to four years of rigorous imprisonment under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act in 2015.