Beed abortion: Doc couple to appear in court today

Last Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 09:08

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Accused of running an illegal abortion and female foeticide racket in Maharashtra’s Beed, the runaway doctor couple Sadam and Saraswati Munde would be produced in court on Monday.

Absconding for over a month, the doctor couple had finally surrendered themselves to the local police yesterday.

"Dr Sudam Munde and his wife Dr Saraswati are booked under section 304 of IPC for culpable homicide surrendered before the Parli city police at around 9 PM," police inspector Ramrao Gadekar of Parli City police station said.

The couple is accused of carrying out abortion on a 30-year old sugarcane worker Vijaymala Patekar, who was in her second trimester, at their hospital in Parli on May 18, which resulted in her death.

On May 19, the couple had secured bail from Parli court, and went into hiding from May 23, they said.

The bail was subsequently cancelled by the sessions court in Ambejogai on May 26 on petition of the Beed district health department in a 2010 case under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

Varsha Deshpande of NGO Lekladki Abhiyan had through a sting operation exposed that sex-determination tests were being conducted at Munde`s hospital in 2010, following which the doctors had been booked under the PCPNDT Act.

The Parli court on June 3 declared the couple "absconding".

The duo then moved the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court for relief which upheld the local court order on June 15.

With PTI inputs

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First Published: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 09:05

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