RIMS in Ranchi where the girls were born on May 2
An educated young father of Ranchi publicly refused to accept his eight-day-old twin daughters at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Saturday, arguing with doctors the sex determination test performed on his wife earlier revealed a male foetus.
RIMS maternity wing corridors witnessed a shocking two-hour ruckus that started on Saturday noon as one Mukesh Dubey of Ashok Nagar, along with his mother Maya Devi, refused to take home his wife Manju and identical twin daughters born on May 2 evening.
Dubey and his mother Maya Devi made no bones about the fact that they would have forced Manju to abort if the test — incidentally banned in India — in her fifth month of pregnancy revealed girl foetuses.
Accusing RIMS staff of swapping his “son” for a girl child in the labour room, Dubey shouted he had “spent Rs 10,000” on the sex test and “it couldn’t be wrong”.
Stung, doctors asked Dubey to show papers of the banned sex test and asked him which lab he got it done from, resulting in a war of words.
Finally, when maternity ward unit head Dr Rita Lal threatened him with the police, Dubey and his mother grudgingly took Manju and the new-borns home.
“For the past one week, the woman’s mother-in-law went on wailing for her ‘grandson’. The mother-son duo were shocked when the twin daughters were born,” said Rama Devi, relative of a patient next to Manju.
Confirming Dubey mentioned sex determination test, Dr Lal said she was surprised and shocked.
“The man (Dubey) alleged Dr Madhulika Horo and nurses changed his son. He was so sure the sex determination test report was accurate that he failed to notice the newborn girls are identical twins. More shocking is the fact that he raised a row at a state-run hospital based on an illegal medical procedure,” the doctor said.
The incident proved again that most ultra-sound clinics do not abide by the Pre conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.
In 2012, when the government was celebrating Bitiya Varsh (year of girl child), the health department directed all DCs, and through them civil surgeons, to crack down on ultrasound clinics that conducted sex determination tests.
In 2012, of 676 registered clinics in Jharkhand then, with 172 in Ranchi and 146 in East Singhbhum, inspections were conducted in 190.
On Saturday, when The Telegraph asked Ranchi district civil surgeon Dr Gopal Srivastava about the present status of registered ultrasound clinics, he said: I will have to go through files.” Asked again on Sunday, he said: “I cannot comment now.”
State health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh told The Telegraph that Saturday’s incident left him “surprised and hurt”. “I am going to release an order on Monday that all civil surgeons will have to go for inspections to stop sex determination,” he said.