Female fetuses found dumped in hospital washroom, dustbin in Jammu and Kashmir

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At least three fetuses have been found inside the Kishtwar district hospital, all the three of whom were female indicating that it could be a case of female foeticide, Timesnow reported.

While one 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.

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.

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