» 06/21/2012 15:34 INDIA Stop female foeticide, reject abortion, says Mgr Gracias by Nirmala Carvalho
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.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Female foeticides performed in the
district of Beed (Maharashtra) are "the latest case of atrocity and
discrimination against girls. However, we must be outraged by all abortions. Human
life is sacred from conception. If we justify abortion in the name of a "right
to choose", why then be surprised by female foeticides and infanticides?" said
Mgr Agnelo Gracias, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mumbai, as he spoke
about a recent case that has shocked India. In early June, police in the
District of Beed found female foetuses that were aborted in various advanced stages of pregnancy.
In recent weeks, other areas in Maharashtra have been
front-page news because of reports concerning a number of medical clinics. In the
past eight months, police found the remains of five females foetuses who died in
forced abortions, experts say.
The latest case broke on Tuesday when the body of a
six-month girl was found in a dustbin in a local hospital in Ulhasnagar (Thane
District). As in previous case, the foetus was aborted outside the limits of
"The post-mortems indicated surgical abortions [. . .]
beyond the legal limit for abortions. And they were all found in the same area,"
forensic expert Dr Ganesh Niturakar was quoted as saying.
Following this case, police launched a large-scale
investigation, involving hundreds of women and clinics suspected to have
performer illegal sex determination tests.