Another foetus found dumped in drain

Jun 19, 2012, 06:45 IST | A Correspondent

Yet another case of illegal abortion stunned citizens on Monday after a five-month-old male foetus was found abandoned in a drain in Santacruz (W). This is the fifth such incident to occur in the city within the month.

On Monday morning, Seema Tirlokar, a resident of Khotwadi in Santacruz awoke to a clogged drain. She called BMC officials to send someone to clear the drainage line. Workers were cleaning the drainage when they suddenly discovered, to their shock, that a human foetus had caused the blockage. 

Tirlokar said, “It was a horrible scene. The foetus was wrapped in newspaper and had floated to the place, where it eventually got stuck.” Locals later called the police, who sent the body for post mortem.

Police inspector Sudhir Kudalkar of the Santacruz police station said, “A case under section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body) has been registered.”

A police source said that the sudden crackdown on nursing homes and hospitals conducting illegal abortions could be the main reason for the sudden rise in such illegal cases of abortion.

Abandoned babies
>> June 11: A three-day-old baby girl was found in the compound of Mother Teresa’s home, Santacruz.
>> June 9: A five-month-old male foetus was found in a drain in Kandivli (E)
>> June 7: A day-old baby girl was found dead near fishing boats on the seashores of Khar Danda.
>> June 7: Two foetuses, male and female aged four and two months respectively, were found in a garbage bin near a civic school in Kurla (E), wapped individually in polythene bags 

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