Indian police find 19 aborted foetuses in sewer as doctor flees village

Indian police make gruesome discovery of 19 aborted foetuses in sewer

The unborn babies were found in a village in the western state of Maharashtra (Stock photo)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Indian police in the western state of Maharashtra made a gruesome discovery on Monday after finding 19 aborted foetuses in a sewer. 

A police superintendent in the Sangli released an official statement to say they had made the discovery in a village.

The foetuses were found wrapped in blue plastic bags in the sewer next to the clinic run by doctor Babasaheb Khidrapure, who has "absconded", according to the police.

Officials suspect the babies were aborted as part of an inter-state female feticide racket, according to Reuters. The killing of female foetuses is a major problem in India as the country's rigid social structure can make it far more attractive to have a boy than a girl.

Parental gender tests are illegal in India to curb the risk of feticide; indeed even a request to receive such a test can result in a prison sentence of up to five years. 

Despite this, they are still believed to be common in rural areas. 

A report from British medical journal The Lancet in 2011 estimated there have been up to 12 million abortions of baby girls in India over the course of the last 30 years, with boys remaining the more favoured gender.