2 hospitals booked for illegal abortion
One hospital carried out abortion without licence while the other performed sex determination test violating the PNDT Act
LUDHIANA: The district health authorities booked two private hospitals here on Tuesday for allegedly carrying out abortions without having licence and performing sex determination tests.
Acting on a tip-off, health officials raided Seerat Hospital at Basti Abdullapur and found a five-month foetus. The hospital had allegedly performed abortion on a woman, although it was not authorised to do so.
The patient and her husband, who are residents of Shastri Nagar, defended themselves and the doctors saying they were referred to Seerat Hospital after the patient developed profuse bleeding leading to complications and hence the pregnancy was terminated.
A case was registered against the hospital under the MTP Act.
Lifeline Hospital on Ferozepur Road was booked under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Technique (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994, for performing ultrasound on the woman, said civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta.
He said the foetus had been sent to Rajindra Hospital in Patiala for determining its sex.
Dr Gaganpreet, Dr Manjit Singh and Dr Inderpreet Singh of Seerat Hospital were booked under the MTP Act while Dr RS Maheshwari of Lifeline Hospital was booked under the PNDT Act.
When the report from Rajindra Hospital comes, the doctors at Seerat Hospital might be booked under the PNDT Act if the sex of the foetus turns out to be female.
Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, the president of Universal Human Rights Organisation who was following the case said they would ensure that necessary action was taken against the guilty doctors.