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Maha doctor booked for female foeticide

Nashik: Police have booked a lady doctor and a woman`s family in Maharashtra`s Dhule district for allegedly aborting a five-month female foetus.

One – Pratibha Gyaneshwar Patil told a local health squad here that Dr Payal Singhavi allegedly aborted her five-month-old female foetus at a private hospital in Dhule district recently, police said today.

Based on the probe in the case, police registered a case against Dr Payal, the woman`s husband and parents and acting civil surgeon of Dhule Civil hospital, Dr Charudutta Shinde, last night.

Meanwhile, during a drive to check female foeticide, the district health squad conducted checks at six hospitals at Raver in Jalgaon and sealed a sonography machine, sources said.

Besides, the district health department has appointed 13 squads which have so far examined 55 sonography centres in Nashik district and sealed three of them after irregularities were found. In the powerloom town of Malegaon, six sonography centres were closed down by hospitals, sources added.

State Chief Secretary J K Banthia would hold a review through video conference today on the issue, district health sources said.

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