Mar 6, New Delhi: The Police in the western Indian state of Maharashtra have found 19 aborted female foetuses near a hospital.Senior police officials in Sangli district said the remains were “buried with the intention of disposing them”.
The police stated that they found the foetuses while they were investigating the death of a woman who had undergone an illegal abortion.Activists say the incident proves yet again that female foeticide is rampant in India despite awareness campaigns.
Eight female foetuses were found in 2012 in a plastic bag near a lake in Indore city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. In June 2009, 15 female foetuses were found in drains in Maharashtra’s Beed district.
Dr Ganesh Rakh, who campaigns to save the female child was quoted by BBC saying that the recent case proves that illegal sex determination and abortion was still practised in India.”This is horrifying. Female foeticide is happening at the scale of a genocide in India. This case proves that people still prefer boys and girls are still unwanted,” he said.
According to him, abortions were happening on a large scale in Sangli. “Once the doctor is arrested, I fear we will find more aborted female foetuses.”