Female foetuses found dumped in bathroom, dustbin at Kishtwar district hospital
Jammu: A most tragic turn of events have come to light from Jammu city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir where three foetuses were discovered at a state-run hospital. Officials probing the matter said that all three of the foetuses were female indicating that this could be a case of female foeticide while adding that an investigation into the matter is underway.
While one of the foetuses was found inside the washroom of Kishtwar district hospital, the other was found inside a dustbin situated within hospital premises and the third was found on the rear side of the hospital. Investigators also suspect that this could be the misdeeds of an illegal abortion racket.
As per latest reports, two people have been detained by authorities for questioning in this regard. The superintendent of the hospital is also being interrogated by investigators in order to get to the bottom of the matter. Such instances of female foeticide have rarely come to light from the state of Jammu and Kashmir with some exceptions that have been reported from Jammu city in the past year. The number is comparatively higher in other states such as Punjab and Haryana.
As many as 117 million girls demographically go “missing” owing to sex-selective abortions, asserted the United Nations Population Fund in a report last year. India still holds the dubious reputation of witnessing one of the highest instances of female foeticide in the twenty-first century. The practice is still prevalent despite the implementation of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 (PNDT Act) and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act of 1971.