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Maharashtra doc held for conducting 3 abortions

A doctor in central Maharashtra’s Beed district was arrested for allegedly carrying out three illegal abortions, police said on Sunday. All three aborted foetuses were female.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2012 01:20 IST

A doctor in central Maharashtra’s Beed district was arrested for allegedly carrying out three illegal abortions, police said on Sunday. All three aborted foetuses were female.

Dr Shivaji Sanap, who runs a private maternity clinic in Beed city, has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act for abortions performed beyond five months of pregnancy. He was held on Saturday.

Two foetuses were found from the dry basin of Bindusara river in the city on Saturday, Beed superintendent of police Dattatray Mandlik said. He added that both abortions were carried out at Dr Sanap’s clinic. According to the post-mortem report of the two foetuses, one was of eight months and six days and the other five months and eight days, Mandlik said.

The abortions were conducted on an unmarried girl from Pune and a married woman from Beed district.

The girl and the woman, who are being treated at a hospital, have not been arrested. Mandlik said that woman’s husband and her father had been arrested.

On Saturday, police had also arrested two women — Mangal Masu Dhighe and Manisha Vilas Javle — who worked at Dr Sanap’s clinic, for allegedly dumping foetuses in the river.

Police have also found that the six-month foetus of another unmarried girl, 17, was aborted at the clinic. A court on Sunday remanded Dr Sanap and his two employees in police custody till June 6.

The state government has constituted five teams to check female foeticide in the district, where an illegal abortion racket involving a doctor couple was unearthed last month. The accused, Dr Sudam Munde and his wife, Dr Saraswati Munde, are absconding.