2 hos­pi­tals booked for il­le­gal abor­tion

One hos­pi­tal car­ried out abor­tion with­out li­cence while the other per­formed sex de­ter­mi­na­tion test vi­o­lat­ing the PNDT Act

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - An­shu Seth ludlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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