Mumbai, June 3: A doctor and four others have been arrested in connection with two female foetuses found dumped in Maharashtra’s Beed yesterday.
Shivaji Sanap, who runs a maternity clinic in the town, has been booked under the IPC, Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act for allegedly carrying out three abortions beyond five months of pregnancy. The laws forbid such procedures after that period.
Sanap was picked up along with two of his nursing staff last night. The aborted foetuses had been found near a dry river bed in Beed town. The district has one of the lowest sex ratios in the state.
One of the foetuses was eight months and six days old, the other five months and eight days old, Beed superintendent of police Dattatray Mandlik said, citing the post-mortem reports.
The two women who aborted their pregnancies at Sanap’s hospital have been traced, the officer said. One was an unmarried girl from Pune, the other was a married woman from Beed. The married woman’s father and husband Ravindra Harale have been arrested, Mandlik said.
The police have also announced a cash prize for information on another Beed doctor, Sudam Munde, and his wife who jumped bail in a case in which a 28-year-old homemaker died while allegedly aborting a female foetus.