Munde hospital to be sealed over pregnant women`s death

Beed (Maharashtra): District authorities along with police have initiated the process of sealing Munde Hospital at Parli after a doctor couple running the facility were charged with the death of a 30-year-old pregnant woman.

The victim, Vijaymala Mahadev Phatekar, a sugarcane labourer, died on May 18 due to hemorrhagic shock following second trimester abortion and heavy blood flow. Her operation was conducted at Dr Sudam and Sarswati Munde`s clinic in Parli tehsil.

Ambajogai tehsil Sub-divisional officer Mandar Vaidya said the Parli police had submitted its report to them for sealing Munde Hospital following which a notice was stuck on the building yesterday.

The notice sought a reply within 24 hours as to why the hospital building should not be sealed after complaints of sex determination tests and illegal abortions were received against it, he said.

In they fail to reply, the hospital building will be sealed today, Vaidya said.
Also, Parli police added some more sections (312, 314, 315, 316) of the IPC to the complaint against Munde as the foetus was 18-24 weeks old, when the woman died during the abortion procedure.

It is a dangerous condition and a non-bailable crime, they said.

Along with the doctor couple, the woman`s husband Mahadev Phatekar, who was caught last evening has been charged under Section 304 of the IPC, which amounts to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. But the accused duo were granted bail in the case on May 19.

They are already facing a case under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques.

An inspection at the Munde hospital yesterday found that it had beds above the permitted limited, District Civil Surgeon Gauri Rathod said.

According to sources, the accused husband-wife, left for Tirupati on Tuesday night. The Ambajogai court has ordered the doctors to appear before it on May 25.

Beed district has become infamous for the worst child sex ratio in Maharashtra, as per the 2011 census. The state government has instituted a CID inquiry into the case.


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