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Doctor booked for conducting sex determination test, female foeticide

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Mahabubabad: A private hospital, Swetha Nursing Home on Tuesday was raided by the task force police at the orders of district superintendent of police N Koti Reddy. The doctor was caught red-handed conducting the sex determination test.

The police seized the equipment used for the tests besides seizure of the hospital. The accused identified as Raparthi Srinivas, B.A.M.S was also allegedly aborting female foetuses, as per Telangana Today.

The police were alerted and registered a case against him under several sections of IPC including cheating, Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971, Indian Medical Council Act and the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PCPNDT) 1994.

The doctor was charging Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 fee for sex determination test and Rs 7,500 to Rs 12,000 for termination of the pregnancy, as per the report.

Banoth Swathi, a resident of Aleru village in Nellikuduru mandal, said that they had visited Dr Srinivas’s hospital for the sex determination test as the couple had baby girl during the first pregnancy. “The doctor has asked us to pay Rs 3,000 for the sex determination test and Rs 12,000 for abortion if it is a female foetus,” she added.

Basing on the complaint lodged by Deputy District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) P Venkata Ramana against Dr Srinivas, police have registered a case against him.

SP N Koti Reddy, who also inspected the hospital, warned that strict actions would be taken against those indulging in sex determination tests and female foeticide.