7-month-old foetus found dumped between parked cars in north-west Delhi
The foetus was found wrapped in a cloth by a car owner who had come to the parking area. The police said they will scan the CCTV footage in the area for clues and register an FIR in the case.delhi Updated: May 08, 2017 13:56 IST
Wrapped in a rag, a foetus was found dumped between a fleet of parked cars in a residential colony in north-west Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on Thursday night.
The cars were parked on the roadside in Jahangirpuri’s I Block. One of the car owners, wanting to take a drive, spotted the cloth bundle next to his vehicle. On opening it, he found a foetus inside. Suspecting that it was the body of a new-born child, the man called the police.
Police arrived at the spot and sent the foetus to a nearby hospital. A senior police officer said it appeared to be around seven-eight months old, but did not divulge its gender. The CCTV cameras in the area are being scanned for clues, but no headway was made until Friday morning.
Suspecting that the foetus could be the result of an unwanted pregnancy, the officer said a FIR would be registered in this connection.
Delhi has been witnessing several instances of foetuses being dumped in drains and hospital bathrooms. On February 20, a five-month-old male foetus was found abandoned in a toilet in south Delhi’s Madan Mohan Malviya hospital in Delhi. On the same day, a female foetus was found wrapped in a newspaper inside a dustbin of an upscale residential complex in Gurgaon.
India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act legalises abortion up to 20 weeks if there is threat to the mother’s life or her physical or mental health, or if the unborn baby has abnormalities.
However, many women end up using unsafe abortions methods as they don’t know where or who to go to because there are not enough legal providers. Many don’t even know it’s legal to abort up to 20 weeks.
First Published: May 05, 2017 10:02 IST