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Aborted female foetuses found, quack held

Several aborted female foetuses are found from a sewage tank at an illegal private nursing home in Gurgaon.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2007 21:26 IST

Several aborted female foetuses were found on Thursday from a sewage tank at an illegal private nursing home in Gurgaon and the owner of the clinic has been arrested.

Acting on a complaint by the state health department, Haryana Police conducted a raid at Buala Nursing Home in Pataudi village near Gurgaon and discovered the dumped foetuses from the tank in its premises.

The owner of the residence-cum-clinic, AK Singh, was arrested for conducting sex determination tests. The foetuses and bones have been sent for forensic tests.

Principal Secretary, Health, Urvashi Gulati on Thursday said that the raid was conducted after the doctor conducted a sex determination test on a decoy female customer sent by the health authorities.

The raiding team was led by Haryana's Director Health Services, OP Mittal. The search operation lasted over 12 hours.

Sex determination tests are banned in the country under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act. The raiding party recovered the ultrasound machine being used by the owner for the tests.

A court in Gurgaon had recently convicted Singh for practising as a medical practitioner with a bogus medical degree. Singh had put up a board outside his clinic saying that sex determination tests were not being carried out.

In 1994, he had been fined for possession of spurious drugs.

A case has been registered against him under provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including cheating, and the Medical Council Act.

Gulati said that 35 cases had been registered in Haryana in the last two years against doctors illegally conducting sex determination tests.

Police have sealed the nursing home.

First Published: Jun 14, 2007 21:23 IST