Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Maharashtra: 19 female foetuses found dumped in Sangli district

Maharashtra: 19 female foetuses found dumped in Sangli district

A police superintendent in the Sangli released an official statement to say they had made the discovery in a village.

The lid on the sordid scam blew up with the mystery death of 26-year-old pregnant Swati Jamdade on 28 February, police said.

"So far we have found the remains of 19 female foetuses".

A police raid on the premises early on Monday revealed a full-fledged illegal "operation theatre", functioning in the basement of the hospital though Khidrapure holds only a homoeopathic degree. "When the villagers suspected something fishy following the woman's death under mysterious circumstances, they approached police", Mr. Shinde said.

"The deceased woman's father Sunil Jadhav told police that Jamdade had called him and expressed his willingness to abort the female foetus". Though the abortion of the female foetus fell within this stipulated time period of twenty weeks, the police registered a case as the disposal and discovery of the foetus raised questions like whether proper procedures were followed and if it was a forced abortion.

Prenatal sex diagnosis is illegal in India, a policy created to stop unborn girls being aborted by parents desperate for a boy.

Dr Ganesh Rakh, who campaigns to save the female child in India, said that the case is a clear example of how illegal sex determination and abortion is practiced in the country. It said that there was need for joint efforts to prevent women being taken to border towns for female foeticide. A 2011 study in the British medical journal The Lancet found that up to 12 million girls had been aborted in the last three decades in India.

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