Abortion doctors in the Indian town of Beed, Maharashtra, are allegedly feeding female fetuses to dogs to cover up the scale of female feticide by parents who prefer male babies.
India Today reports that the shocking revelation by Varsha Deshpande of Lek Ladki Abhiyan, a charity campaigning against sex-selection abortion of fetuses, comes after a 2011 census that revealed that the Indian state of Maharashtra has the worst child sex ratio in India with 801 girls for 1000 boys born.
According to Daily Mail, abortion doctors in Beed allegedly keep dogs to dispose of female fetuses and thus hide the scale of illegal sex-selection abortions from officials.
India Today reports that Deshpande said that in 2010, her organization investigated the practice of Dr. Sudam Munde, a doctor in Beed. The doctor admitted openly that he was aborting female fetuses and feeding them to his five dogs. The police arrested the doctor, but he was released soon after and continued with his activities.
Deshpande said: "A person even saw a fetus being fed to the animals." Deshpande added: "This is known to everyone in Beed, but the police are not taking action as Munde is influential."
India Today reports that Suresh Shetty, public health minister of Maharashtra, admitted he had heard that Beed doctors were throwing female fetuses to dogs. Daily Mail reports the minister said: "I have heard of the practice but have no evidence."
According to India Today, last Friday, a woman Vijaymala Patekar, 28, was admitted to Dr. Munde's abortion clinic in Beed. The woman, six months pregnant, already had four daughters and did not want another. She died in Munde's clinic while her pregnancy was being terminated.
The police arrested Dr Sudam Munde and Dr Sarswati Munde, his wife, but Deshpande said she fears that Munde would use his influence and wealth to subvert the course of the law. She said: "We don't want this case to be tried in Beed or Marathwada. Let the case be tried somewhere outside as they wield too much influence for the trial to be fair."
Life News reports that Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shrikant Dhivare, said no one from the victim’s family had filed any complaint against the doctors. The case against Dr Sudam Munde and his wife for causing death by negligent act was registered under the Indian Penal Code and under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prevention) Act.
Daily Mail reports that the health minister Shetty, confirmed Deshpade's claim that Munde wields influence in the state. He said : "Our civil surgeon who had gone to investigate Munde's hospital was locked up in a room by some goons." Shetty said: "They even abused her and asked her to go away." The minister said the civil surgeon has been facing threats for more than a year after she tried to take action. The minister said: "We have asked the home department to provide security for our staff."
The health minister said that because the local police were under "pressure" on behalf of Munde, he would have the special crime watch branch to investigate the latest case against him.
The Christian Post reports that cases of female feticide are widely reported in Asia. The International Humanist and Ethical Union, an organization composed of several humanist organizations worldwide, reports that "Some of the worst gender ratios, indicating gross violation of women's rights, are found in South and East Asian countries such as India and China."