Three foetuses were found in Mumbai and neighbouring Navi Mumbai on Thursday, even as the abortion racket in Beed has been making the headlines. The VB Nagar police in Kurla said the police control room received a call late in the night informing them about two foetuses lying in a public garbage bin in the Makadwala compound area. They have registered a case against unknown persons and are investigating the incident.
Prabhakar Satam, assistant commissioner of police (Kurla division), said: “One of the foetuses is a four-and-a-half month old male; the other one is even younger. We have sent them to Rajawadi Hospital, and are awaiting information about the gender of the second foetus.”
The police plan to seek details from abortion centres and hospitals in the neighbourhood to ascertain whether any of them were responsible for the heinous crime. Officials have registered a case under Section 315 (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth) of the Indian Penal Code.
In another case, an approximately two-month-old foetus was found thrown in an open space in Nerul node of Navi Mumbai on Thursday evening. Police are checking hospital records to trace the mother of the child.
The foetus was discovered at around 5 pm by children playing near Goodwill Apartment located in Nerul’s Sector 10. The police have taken it to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation hospital in Vashi.
Police inspector Laxman Kale of Nerul police station said: “We are ascertaining the sex of the foetus. We will check records of various hospitals in the city to find out details of pregnant women who have registered recently.”