Abortionists in India are feeding the remains of aborted baby girls to dogs, in order to hide the evidence that they are committing illegal sex selective abortions. According to India Today, some abortionists in the city of Beed are engaging in the practice. The Indian newspaper interviewed Varsha Deshpande of Lek Ladki Abhiyan, an NGO working against the practice. Maharashtra’s Public Health Minister Suresh Shetty also admitted to the newspaper that he had heard reports of the practice taking place.
Deshpande claimed her organisation had conducted a sting operation in 2010, in which Dr Sudam Munde openly talked about how he was aborting female foetuses and feeding them to his five dogs. Police arrested him, but he was released soon after and continued with his activities.
“A person even saw a foetus being fed to the animals. This is known to everyone in Beed, but the police are not taking action as Munde is influential,” Deshpande said. She added that some other abortionists in Beed kept dogs for the same purpose—to avoid the hassle of disposing of the bodies.
Health Minister Shetty said that although he had heard of the practice, he had no evidence. He added that since the local police seemed to be under a lot of “pressure”, he had decided to ask the crime branch to investigate the latest case.
Beed has one of the worst male-female gender ratios in Maharashtra, and one of the worst in India—801 girls being born per 1,000 boys, according to the 2011 census—and the numbers are attributed to female infanticide and sex-selection abortions.
Munde’s abortion clinic was responsible earlier this month for killing a woman in a botched abortion. Munde and his wife face criminal charges. Drs Sudam and Sarswati Munde informed the police about the woman’s death in an attempt to assuage the anger of her family.
The victim, Vijaymala Patekar (28), had four daughters, and did not want another girl child. She was six months pregnant. The Mundes were charged with causing death by negligence and also under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prevention) Act.
Life News. May 23. India Today. May 23.
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