Kathmandu, Jan 7: In one of the ugly incidents of foeticides in Nepal, a plastic bag carrying five foetuses was fished by a ragpicker from one of Kathmandu's holiest rivers.
Police said that the foetuses carrying plastic bag was found by Kajal Kumari in garbage dump by the side of Bishnumati river on Wednesday, Jan 6.
Taking it to be a something which can be preserved, Kumari fished out the bag. But started screaming in horror on seeing five tiny heads inside the bag.
Police confirmed the age of the foetuses as six months, adding that it could be a possible case of illegal abortions.
Nepal removed its stringent anti-abortion law and legalized abortion in 2002 following a long-campaign by women rights activists.
According to the new law introduced in 2002, abortion is allowed upto 12 weeks of pregnancy if a certified medical doctor considers it necessary to safeguard the child or the mother.
Abortions are allowed till the 18th week of pregnancy in case of incest or rape.
Women rights activists in Terai plains of Nepal, are of the opinion that the growing number of female foeticide can be attributed to the sex determination test which most of the families undergoes.
Cases of extra-marital affairs leading to abortions have also been reported.