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    » 06/06/2012, 00.00

    INDIA

    Forced abortions of baby girls in third, sixth and eighth month pregnancies

    Nirmala Carvalho

    The various episodes occurred in Beed District (Maharashtra). Three physicians have been arrested. One woman forced to abort is 17. A 28-year-old dies from complications in connection with the procedure. Physician from the Pontifical Academy of Life complains that "selective female abortions are increasing, in the cities as well."

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Many women are forced into third, fourth, fifth, sixth and even eight month abortion; at least, this was happened to four women in Beed District (Maharashtra). They also had another thing in common-they were expecting girls. One of the women, a 28-year-old, died from complications associated with the late abortion. On 18 May, police arrested two physicians, Sudam Munde and his wife Saraswati Munde, in connection with the case.

    At the start of this month, police arrested another physician, Shivaji Sanap, for performing an abortion on a 17-year-old, who a six-month pregnant. He ran an illegal private clinic.

    Two of the women forced to abort, Mangal Masu Dhinghe, 29, and Manisha Vilas Javle, 28, were also arrested for illegally disposing of the foetuses. Police found the bodies of their two baby girls in the Bindusara River, near the city of Beed.

    According to the post-mortem report, one foetus was of eight months and six days; the other was five months and eight days, both indicating drug-induced delivery (abortion), police said.

    Based on the findings, the district collector ordered an inquiry in maternity wards in all local hospitals.

    "Beed District is notorious for foeticide and female infanticide," said Dr Pascoal Carvalho, member of the Pontifical Academy of Life, who spoke to AsiaNews. "It also has one of the most skewed male-female ratios for children under 6: 801 to 1,000." The latest (2011) census tells the same sad tale "for the whole of India."

    "In 1991, there were 4.2 million fewer girls than boys. In 2001, that were 6.2 million and now they are 7.1 million," Dr Carvalho said.

    This "great social evil" is "cultural," he explained. "Our society is patriarchal and boys have always been favoured. Females are seen as a burden; someone to educate and then give away in marriage with a hefty dowry. Once married, women are not respected until they give birth to a baby boy.

    The problem is compounded by greedy physicians who take advantage of a social problem to enrich themselves.

    Pre-natal sex testing is illegal in India, but (illegal and expensive) private clinics are willing to turn a blind eye for a fee.

    "By killing female foetuses, the couple of doctors made a fortune," said Dr Carvalho, who is also  a member of the Diocesan Human Life Commission in Mumbai.

    Police in fact found that the husband and wife team had amassed assets worth 1.5 billion (US$ 21.7 million), including 160 acres of farmland, two plots in Parli town, four bungalows and 12 vehicles."

    The husband and his son also had "40 bank accounts and two flats in Aurangabad."

     

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    21/06/2012 INDIA
    Stop female foeticide, reject abortion, says Mgr Gracias
    The auxiliary bishop of Mumbai speaks about a case in Beed District (Maharashtra), where police discovered aborted female foetuses, including one in the eighth month of pregnancy. Similar cases have been reported across the state. Now police is investigating hundreds of women and targeting shady clinics.

    08/10/2011 CHINA
    Fears for fate of Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist against forced abortions
    Some say that he might have died of torture and lack of medical care. A year after his release from prison, he is in forced isolation in his house with his wife and six year old daughter who can not go to school. Anyone who tries to contact him, is beaten and arrested. Shandong authorities have built a prison-house for him. Wrwf appeal and petition for news of Chen’s health.

    01/06/2011 CHINA
    Forced abortions in China: you (and the UN) are funding them
    The president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers appeals for a stop to funding by international organisations that support forced abortions and sterilisations in China.

    14/06/2012 CHINA
    Forced abortions in China killing children just like in Syria
    Scandal and outrage over story and the photo of the woman forced to have abortions, pictured with the dying baby boy lying next to her in bed. Shaanxi population control authority have launched an investigation. The woman's husband wants to sue employees who forced his wife to abort. In China, forced abortions are prohibited by law, but papers are full of stories of forced abortions and sterilizations.

    27/04/2012 CHINA
    Blind activist Chen Guangcheng, escapes from prison. Risk of summary executions
    Chen denounced forced abortions and sterilizations and expropriation against farmers for years. There is the risk of reprisals and summary justice of the police against him and his family. The video of his forced captivity.



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