Rajasthan doctor booked for female foeticide

A case has been registered against a doctor of a private nursing home in Rajasthan on charges of infanticide and foeticide and administrating units of expired blood to patients, police said Tuesday

The first information report has been registered against Dr Dinesh Mittal at Bhawani Mandi in Kota district, over 270 km from Jaipur.

"Some social activists had recently complained to the district collector in Kota after the bodies of new-born babies were found near a nursing home," said Bhanwari Mandi police station incharge Gopichand Meena.

He added that a team of district administration including a sub-divisional officer and chief medical and health officer visited the nursing home and found it involved in infanticide and foeticide.

"Some cases of giving patients units of expired blood also came up," said the officer.

"We carried out a raid at the nursing home in search of the doctor Monday, but he could not be found," said the officer.

Rajasthan has recently been in news for increasing cases of female foeticide and female infanticide.

According to Census 2011, Rajasthan has 883 girls between the age of 0-6 for every 1,000 boys. The child sex ratio in 2001 was 909.

Alarmed over the state's skewed sex ratio, the state government recently announced steps to curb pre-natal sex determination tests at ultrasound clinics.

The steps include increasing the number of health department inspection teams and equipping them with devices like hidden cameras and voice recorders.

The state government has also increased the amount of prize money given to a person who complains about errant ultrasound clinics.

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