Stuffed in plastic bag, two recovered from near garbage bin
If Beed has gained notoriety from the malpractice of female foeticide, Mumbai is not far behind. Days after four clinics were sealed in the city, foetuses were found in two different locations.
Two foetuses, stuffed in a plastic bag were recently found next to a garbage bin near a municipal school in the suburb of Kurla. A four-month-old foetus was found to be male and a two-month-old foetus was of a female, the police said.
No arrests have been made but a case under the IPC Section 134 (abetment of assault), 315 (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) has been registered.
Janat D'souza, president, Mumbai Pradesh Mahila Congress took stock of the situation in the area. “Authorities are visiting the area hospitals and checking the registers. So far we were only hearing about Beed. But now after the recovery of the two foetuses in Mumbai, I have sought an appointment with the Chief Minister to apprise him of the situation,” she told The Hindu.
In the Navi Mumbai area, a two-month-old foetus was found at an arcade in Nerul. However, the gender has not been ascertained yet. The police said they could not determine whether it was a human or animal foetus.
On Saturday, five-month-old male foetus was found in a nullah in the suburb of Kandivali. The police said a case under section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body) of the IPC was registered.
Meanwhile, in Beed, with allegations of pressure from influential elements on police and administration taking action against violators, Sena leader Neelam Gorhe raised the concern with Home Minister R.R. Patil. In a letter to Mr. Patil, Ms. Gorhe demanded that the agencies should have the freedom to conduct independent and unbiased enquiries in cases of illegal sex tests and female foeticide.