Yamuna Nagar, Haryana: Daughters are precious, don't kill them even before they are born - this was the message actor Aamir Khan wanted to spread through the first episode of his much talked-about TV show "Satyamev Jayate." Aamir talked at length about the alarming statistics on female foeticide and shared case studies - all with the aim of convincing the masses to discourage and help eradicate the social evil. So has the message reached all intended recipients? Well, contrary to the expectations of many, it seems not yet.
In Haryana's Yamuna Nagar area, a Delhi suburb, a woman doctor has been arrested after she was allegedly caught aborting a girl child during a raid conducted by health department officials.
Priyanka, a BMS doctor from Saharanpur in UP, was caught red-handed when the health department of Yamuna Nagar raided bungalow no 43 in Jagadhari district's posh Saraswati Colony. A team from the Red Cross Society also accompanied them.
Priyanka has reportedly been running the clinic, along with her sister Parul, for the last five years. Parul is also a BMS doctor. According to a cleaner at the clinic, the two doctors perform at least six to seven abortions every month. And the foetuses, the worker revealed, are later flushed in toilets.
"I have been working here for the last five to six years. At least six to seven abortions take place here each month. They are then disposed in toilets," she said.
The police have begun a probe into the matter to find out more details. "There is a lady doctor who performs the abortions. A team of doctors led the raid and we came here because of that. A legal enquiry will now follow. This is in a residential area and you can't tell by looking at it that it's a hospital. We will investigate the matter," said Rajiv Miglani, the SHO of Yamuna Nagar.
The arrested doctor will be produced in a court later today. She claims she had to abort the child because her patient was in a very critical condition.
The woman who was allegedly getting her girl child aborted has refused to speak on camera.
Story first published:
May 15, 2012 09:24 IST