Female foeticide rampant in Karimnagar district

Even as the Union government launched a special campaign - Beti Bachao - Beti Padao (Save Girl Child - Educate Girl Child) to address the issue of declining sex ratio, several quacks and unqualified and self-claimed doctors are resorting to female foeticide in Karimnagar town.

Of late, a pregnant woman Mattam Revathi of Ganneruvaram mandal headquarters approached a clinic on Sircilla Road in Karimnagar for the removal of foetus of girl child for Rs.10,000 as she already has a girl child. Following the unscientific practice of medicine of the clinic organisers - G. Yesumani Reddy and her daughter-in-law G. Likitha - who earlier worked in various hospitals as para-medical staff, Revathi died while undergoing the procedure.

Following a complaint lodged by victim’s mother Ch Laxmi, the Karimnagar Two Town police registered a case against the two self-proclaimed doctors and victim’s husband for encouraging female foeticide.

Cases registered

Karimnagar Two Town inspector Hari Prasad said that they had registered cases against Yesumani Reddy and Likitha under IPC 312 (causing miscarriage of pregnancy) IPC 314 (death caused due to act done with an intent to cause miscarriage) and Medical termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act of 1971 section 5 (clause 2) (termination of pregnancy by unregistered medical practitioner).

The Inspector also said that they had registered a case against the victim’s husband M. Praveen under IPC 314.

He said that they are planning to identify and register a case against the scanning centre which disclosed the sex of the foetus to the victim.

Karimnagar Consumer Council leader N. Srinivas alleged that several clinics have come up in various parts of the town, especially for such abortions, and also for terminating the pregnancies of unmarried women at a premium.

He charged that the unqualified RMPs are encouraging such practices in private clinics run by unqualified persons.

IMA district president Md Aleem said that the IMA can only educate people on not approaching quacks for medical treatment. “It is the duty of the government to deal firmly against the unqualified doctors. The RMPs are resorting to such illegal practices for money,” he alleged.

DM&HO Rajesham said that the administration will conduct an inquiry into the incident and register a police case.