Mahabubabad: In an undercover operation, the task force police at the behest of district superintendent of police N Koti Reddy have raided a private hospital, Swetha Nursing Home, and caught a doctor red handed while conducting the sex-determination tests at Kuravi in the district on Tuesday.
The police have seized the equipment used for the tests besides seizure of the hospital.
The accused, who has been identified as Raparthi Srinivas, B.A.M.S, is also allegedly conducting illegal abortions, perpetrating female foeticide. This prompted the police to register 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 accused is reportedly 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.
Banoth Swathi, a native of Aleru village in Nellikuduru mandal, said that they had come to 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 complaint lodged by Deputy District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) P Venkata Ramana, the Kuravi police have registered a case against Dr Srinivas. It is said that Dr Srinivas was also booked for illegal abortion under Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 three years back.
Meanwhile, SP N Koti Reddy, who also inspected the hospital, warned warned that stringent action would be taken against those indulging in sex determination tests and female foeticide. DSP Rajamahendra Naik was also present.