Doctor, ASHA Worker Held for Foeticide

Published: 03rd April 2016 04:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd April 2016 04:23 AM   |  A+A-

NAYAGARH:A doctor and an ASHA worker have been arrested by Nayagarh Town police for allegedly conducting sex determination and aborting a foetus. The arrests came following a raid at a private clinic here on Friday night.

On a tip-off that a five-month pregnant woman of Manikagoda village in Khurda district had come on Friday to the private clinic of Dr Banamali Swain for abortion, the Town Police, accompanied by Additional District Medical Officer Neelamadhab Satapathy, raided the clinic. Swain failed to produce the licence of his clinic and told the cops that the woman had come for treatment for fever. Further, the clinic had no record of employment of nurses.

There had been allegations of sex selective abortion against the clinic in the past.

After investigation, Swain and the ASHA worker, Urmila Sethi of Manikagoda area, who brought the woman for abortion, were arrested and forwarded to court. They have been remanded in judicial custody.

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