In yet another arrest related to illegal termination of pregnancy, the police on Saturday arrested a female doctor for allegedly aborting a female foetus illegally at Ratia in Fatehabad district.
The accused, identified as Dr Manjeet Kaur, was arrested after a raid conducted by the health department officials at his private nursing home near the Ratia bus stand. The team sealed Sidhu Nursing Home and recovered several instruments used in carrying out abortions during the raid that lasted for several hours.
The team, which was led by deputy civil surgeon Dr SB Kamboj, senior medical officer Dr VK Jain, Dr Sunita Sokhi, Dr Deepak Sharma, Ratia police station in-charge Om Parkash and other police personnel, conducted the raid on a tip-off that illegal practice was going on at Sidhu Nursing Home.
SMO Dr Jain said after getting the information about illegal abortions are underway at the said nursing home, a team of doctors was constituted for the raid. The team found a woman whose abortion had been carried out illegally and also found Dr Manjeet Kaur there. The team also recovered the equipment used for carrying out the abortion.
Dr Jain said Chinderpaul Kaur (25), who was married a-year-and-a-half ago hailed from Tamaspura village and was three months' pregnant. The pregnancy was aborted probably on the doubt that she was carrying a girl child, he said, adding that they have sent the foetus for medical examination.
Civil surgeon Dr SB Kamboj said the clinic has been sealed and an investigating is on. The police said the woman whose abortion was done was not in a position to give a statement immediately. Dr Manjeet Kaur was arrested under the provisions of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, they added.
Last week, five people, including two private doctors and a nurse, were arrested for allegedly conducting sex-determination tests with portable ultrasound machines at Mangeana village in Sirsa district.