Sex determination test goes wrong, male foetus aborted

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Mandya, Karnataka, Jan 3 (UNI) Even as sex determination tests are banned in India to curb female foeticide, a fracas over abortion of an alleged male foetus after being 'wrongly' told it was a female, between the hospital and the couple's relatives brought the spotlight once again on the evil practice and the scant efforts to curb it.

The incident occurred today when the couple was allegedly told by the doctors of a nursing home that the woman carried a female foetus and agreed to perform an abortion.

However, after the procedure, it was found the woman was carrying a male baby. A complaint was lodged with the District Health Officer (DHO) against the nursing home by her husband Ramesh for 'foeticide', seeking action against the doctors and paramedical staff concerned.

According to Ramesh, the nursing home had given a scan report stating his wife was carrying a female baby following which the couple opted for abortion.

Ramesh and his wife had come to the nursing home in the town from Anniambody village for the scan with a similar procedure having been done in Channapatna as well.

When the abortion was done, it was found to be a male foetus, leading to a protest by Ramesh's relatives.

DHO Krishne Gowda, after studying the case, said he would bring the case to the notice of the police.

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