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Maharashtra: 10 year jail to Two Doctors involved in female foeticide racket


Maharashtra: 10 year jail to Two Doctors involved in female foeticide racket

Both the doctors along with the patient’s husband have been awarded a 10-year imprisonment 

Beed: In a precedence-setting judgement by a court in cases of female foeticide, a Beed district court Friday sentenced three persons, including a doctor couple, to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in a case related to a woman’s death during an illegal abortion.

The doctor duo along with the patient’s husband were found guilty under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP),culpable homicide not amounting to murder (IPC 304), causing miscarriage (IPC 312), death caused by act done with intent to cause miscarriage (IPC 314), and for an act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth (IPC 315).  They have been discharged, however, under the PC PNDT act according to media reports

The court convicted Dr Sudam Munde, his wife Dr Saraswati Munde and another accused, Mahadev Patekar, in the 2012 case.

Mahadev Patekar’s wife Vijaymala, a labourer a mother of four daughters, was admitted to Dr Munde’s hospital at Parli in the district for abortion in 2012. The family wanted her to terminate the pregnancy as a medical examination had revealed that the foetus was female.

During the abortion, carried out illegally, she died due to excessive bleeding.

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A case was registered at Parli police station against 17 accused including Dr Munde and his wife.

6 years later, Additional District Judge A S Gandhi on Friday held the Munde couple and Mahadev Patekar guilty and awarded them ten years of rigorous imprisonment.

Eleven accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence, said Public prosecutor Milind Waghirkar. Three of the accused had died during the trial.

The racket that had appeared after the botched operation in 2012 had shocked the entire medical community after the police raided the hospital and found 20 foetuses buried in the compound of the hospital and a farm run by them. The hospital also contained special cells that were used for the purpose of conducting abortions

The Mundes were barred from practising medicine by the Maharashtra Medical Council and the hospital had been sealed

Earlier, Dr Sudam Munde and Dr Saraswati Munde had been convicted in a sex determination case following a sting operation.

Read Also: Doctor in custody for performing illegal abortions

Source: with agency inputs
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  1. It was in the news papers few yrs back that,the other staff was caught again after they continued the abortion racket at home,how can they be let loose,,and the munde couple have conducted countless abortions,it is nothing less than nitari hatyakand,,10 years is too less for this bastards who defamed medical profession

  2. Less than 1% docs r involved in illegal practice mostly those who r poor in academics n know that they can not have flourishing practice. Most docs r hard working n honest.
    Patients seek 4 such corrupt docs n smtimes accuse an innocent doc n it\’s docs duty to prove he is not guilty.
    If govt reverses d system n if docs r allowed to complain against patients….that this patient was trying to know the gender of his wud be child….the scenario will change. Coz 99% docs will promptly report about the greedy stupid patients seeking for gender identification

  3. Can you create life . U r permitted to practice on a training and legal terms not on wt u think

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    Dr RAMESHVARDHAN February 9, 2019, 8:23 pm

    I THINK IT IS BETTER TO DETERMINATION SEX IN A COUPLE ALREADY HAVING A FEMALE CHILD / CHILDREN IN SELECTED TEACHING MEDICAL COLLEGES OF OUR COUNTRY. WHEN MTP IS LEGALISED , I THINK THERE IS A SCOPE FOR LEGALIZATION OF MTP IN THIRD OR SECOND PREGNANCY OF A LADY WHO IS HAVING FEMALE CHILD/. CHILDREN. SPECIALLY IN THOSE WHO LACK ADVANTAGE MONEY , TO KEEP GOOD HEALTH , GROWTH AND DEVOLPEMENT OF THE INNOCENT ,HELPLESS CHILD/ REN. 30% CHILDREN BEING UNDER/ MALNOURISHED STUNTED GROWTH SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IS A MATTER GREAT SHAME. OUR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS RUINED BY THE INTERFEARNCE OF ALL TYPES ADMISTRORS. ( THE BABUS THE BUEROCRATES AND THEIR BOSSES THE POLITICIANS , AND BALCK COATS, ACTIVILY SHOUTING ACTIVITES, PRESTITUDES, RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN LIVING IN LUXURIOUS SURROUNDINGS).

  5. R u seriously a doctor or it\’s just fake Dr prefix u have added to your name.
    When the entire world is talking about gender equality u want to legalize female foeticide??? Do you say female foetus is not innocent enough to live???
    The solution for poverty and malnourished kids is not female foeticide… One has to be contended with what gender child they bore.

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    Dr dipak Kumar jha February 10, 2019, 12:30 pm

    MTO should not be the responsibility of the doctors, bcoz they are to protect life ,not to destroy. Mtp should be asigned to some other people ,certainly not doctors.

  7. I do not understand your comnent.
    Why are you advocating gender specificity in MTP? Frankly… I find that abhorable!
    Every child is God\’s gift to the family and should be welcomed so.
    MTP in 2nd and 3rd trimester for purely medical grounds can be a point of constructive debate. However do not bring gender in between.

  8. You want that female foeticide should be legal for that you doctor can earn more money by killing the girl child . You doctors take money and do illegal activities for quick money . It may end this world .

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    Dr RAMESHVARDHAN February 10, 2019, 1:42 pm

    There was ARTICLE in MEDICAL DIALOGUES, The baby a nurse from TRIPURA being sold / taken away by CMC Vellore…….. please go through this article . The so called INSTITUTIONS and corporate HOSPITALS literally rip apart the INNOCENT HELPLESS PATIENTS by all available ways and means. Couple of months ago a pregnant woman in active labour Bled to death right in front of the AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT TEACHING MEDICAL COLLEGE IN BIDAR , IT WAS BIG NEWS IN DEECAN HEARLD DAILY NEWS PAPER. DESPITE SUCH THINGS NO ACTION IS INTIATED AGAINST THE DEAN DIRECTOR, MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT , DISTRICT SURGEONS WHO FREAK OUT WITH POST POWER POSITION AND COMFORTS. HAVING THE ADVANTAGE OF CASTE COMMUNITY MONEY INFLUENCE PEOPLE CAN FREAK OUT WITH FEAR SHAME AND GUILT. THE D M ) DC , & PRINCIPLE JUDGE OFFICE IS JUST 500 METERS AWAY FROM THE HOSPITAL, DHO OFFICE IS 200 METERS . THERE ARE CLOSE TO 200 DOCTORS , 100 INTERNS , EQUAL NUMBER OF SUPPORTING STAFF. AND MORE THAN 500 MEDICAL STUDENTS. OUR COUNTRY IS OVER FLOODED WITH WHITE COLLARED CRIMINALS , THEY EVEN TURN RED HAVING ADVANTAGE OF CASTE COMMUNITY REGION LANGUAGE RELIGION AND POLITICIANS SUPPORT AND FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE.

  10. This is nonsense. Noethocal doctor would do this for money. There are some black sheep in every profession