A burnt female foetus was found in a garbage dump located a few metres from the residences of two cabinet ministers in the Chhattisgarh capital on Wednesday, police said.
The foetus, believed to be sevens month old, had over 80% burns. Its skull, torso and an upper and a lower limb were intact.
“The body was found lying in debris along with medical wastes from a nursing home located close by. Everything dumped at the garbage site was burnt. The possibility of a forced abortion is not ruled out,” Virendra Chaturvedi, the officer in-charge of the Civil Lines police station, told Hindustan Times.
The foetus was sent for an autopsy.
"The preliminary autopsy report confirmed the foetus was female and about seven months old," said assistant sub-inspector BK Oraon, who took the foetus for the autopsy.
“The burnt bio-medical waste and syringes lying with the (foetus) indicate that the baby was aborted in a private hospital. Some papers and medical wastes found at the site were from the nearby Taori nursing home,” said social activist Mamta Sharma.
“If such an appalling incident can occur in front of the residences of two senior ministers, one can imagine the gravity of the situation existing in other places of the state.”
Dr Usha Taori, director of the nearby Taori nursing home, denied the involvement of her hospital.
“We never practice such an act, either pre-natal test for sex determination or the forced abortion of a baby,” she said. The nursing home’s management said the foetus might have been brought from some other place and dumped there.
The ministers – Kedar Kashyap and Punnulal Mohile – were not in Raipur when the foetus was found. Kashyap was at Jagdalpur in Bastar district and Mohile was touring his home district Bilaspur. The ministers could not be reached for comments.