In a shocking disclosure, a quack here has confessed to aborting over 250 female fetuses, adding he has lost count of the number of abortions he carried out at his nursing home over the last decade.
A.K. Singh was arrested Thursday after the police raided the Buala Nursing Home in Pataudi town near here and discovered the dumped fetuses from a sewage tank on the premises.
"The accused has confessed that he has aborted more than 250 unborn female fetuses and has lost count of the total," said Ramphal Singh, the station house officer of Pataudi.
"He said he has been in this profession for 15 years and charged Rs.1,000-1,500 from each client. After aborting the fetuses, he used to dump the undeveloped body parts into the sewage tank," Ramphal Singh told IANS.
The quack said he became familiar with abortions while working as an assistant in the Army Medical Corps. He resigned and opened a small clinic, equipped with necessary medical facilities, in 1994 at his residence, the officer said.
"He opened the clinic some distance away from other houses, so as not to arouse any suspicion among neighbours, and continued killing unborn babies," Ramphal Singh added.
Knowing that sex determination tests are illegal, A.K. Singh even put up a board saying these were not carried out at his clinic.
Acting on a complaint by the health department, the police raided the clinic after the doctor did conduct a sex determination test on a decoy female customer sent by the authorities.
O.P. Mittal, the head of Haryana's health services, led the raiding team, which recovered the ultrasound machine used for the tests.
Ramphal Singh said the forensic and investigation teams had recovered remains of eight fetuses, adding that search operations were on.
"We have decided to dig up the whole area surrounding the hospital. It is very likely that more remains would be recovered."
Police have sent the fetuses and bones for forensic tests.
According to Additional Superintendent of Police Anil Dhawan, the accused had been fined for practising as a medical practitioner with a bogus medical degree.
"In 1994, he had been fined for possession of spurious drugs. Now a case has been registered against him under provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including cheating, and the Medical Council Act," Dhawan said.
The clinic has been sealed.