19 FEMALE FOETUSES FOUND IN SEWER
Prenatal sex tests illegal to stop unborn girls being aborted
POLICE said yesterday they had found 19 aborted female foetuses dumped in a sewer in Maharashtra state, highlighting the country’s problem of female foeticide.
In India, prenatal sex tests are illegal, a policy designed to stop unborn girls being aborted by parents desperate for a boy.
But, the tests are thought to be common, particularly in poor rural areas, and sex ratios are skewed towards males across India.
“We have recovered 19 foetuses and will arrest the doctor, who is absconding,” Maharasthra’s Sangli district Superintendent Dattatray Shinde said.
He said the foetuses were found on Sunday wrapped in blue plastic bags in a sewer next to a clinic run by doctor Babasaheb Khidrapure in Mhaisal village.
He said officers made the discovery after a woman, 26, died during a failed abortion attempt.
“The victim’s husband, Praveen Jamdade, has been arrested for pressuring her into an abortion.”
Parents and doctors can be jailed for up to five years for requesting or conducting a pre-natal sex test.
A 2011 study in the British medical journal The Lancet found that 12 million girls had been aborted in India in the last 30 years.
India had 940 females for every 1,000 males, according to the last official census published in 2011, up from 933 in 2001.
In Sangli, where the feotuses were found, there were just 867 girls per 1,000 boys.