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Published On: Tue, Mar 28th, 2017

Activists go undercover to expose illegal sex-selective abortions in India

New Delhi (India24x7news)A pregnant woman sat in a hospital consultation room in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.

Thousands of female fetuses are aborted in India every year, resulting in a gaping gender gap.

Thousands of female fetuses are aborted in India every year, resulting in a gaping gender gap.

She wanted to know the sex of her baby, she told the doctor.
In many countries this would be a routine process, all part of becoming a new parent. But in India — where thousands of female fetuses are aborted every year — revealing the sex of an unborn child has been illegal since 1994.
Nevertheless, the doctor offered to tell the woman the sex of her baby for a one-off payment of 12,500 rupees ($190). She agreed and paid for the service, documenting everything on a hidden spy camera.
Last week, a court in Malegaon convicted the doctor and his brother of running a sex-selection clinic and abortion racket. They face three years in jail and a fine, according to police.
Sources : World Economic Forum 2016 - india24x7news.com
Sources : World Economic Forum 2016 
The sting, which caught them was set up by Maharashtra-based activist Varsha Deshpande, founder of Lek Ladki Abhiyan, an organization dedicated to fighting sex-selective abortions. The woman was a pregnant volunteer recruited by Deshpande.
Since 2004, Deshpande said, they have carried out dozens of investigations, which have resulted in 20 convictions.
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