India: Woman Says Two Nurses at Health Center Forced Her Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 23, 2013   |   5:40PM   |   Kanpur, India

Forced abortions run rampant in nations like China and India and a new report out this week has a woman claiming two nurses at a medical center forced her to have an abortion.

A 25-year-old pregnant woman in Kanpur Dehat says Community Health Centre, Pukhrayan broke the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act and forced her to have an abortion. The health department is reportedly looking into the case of a woman named Neetu , a resident of Pulinder village, who made the claims.

Not only did the nurses force her abortion, Neetu says they also charged her and her husband Dharmendra Rs 1,000 and asked him to arrange IV fluid and other medicines to provide her medical care related to the forced abortion.

From a report:

Chief Medical Officer Dr Karn Singh, however, denied the allegations. He claimed that pregnancy was terminated with the consent of Neetu’s husband. He also went on to claim that the abortion was conducted by two qualified doctors Dr Sanjiv Kumar and Dr Anita Kumari and the nurses were merely assisting them in the Operation Theatre (OT).

Regarding the allegation of bribery, Chief Medical Officer Dr Singh assured that “a probe would be set up and guilty would not be spared”. He also said a probe would be initiated to look into the circumstances surrounding the abortion.

When TOI contacted Dr Sanjiv Kumar, he denied any such case being reported at the CHC on Wednesday. “I did not come across any such patient at the CHC on Wednesday so there is no question of issuing a BST slip.”

Family members claimed that Neetu was five-month pregnant and had been bleeding since Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, they rushed the patient to the CHC.

Talking to TOI, Neetu’s husband, Dharmendra said that she was admitted to the hospital at around 7 am. By afternoon she was rushed to the operation theatre where the baby was aborted. Prior to the operation, no Bed Stay Treatment (BST) slip was issued,” he claimed.

The incident came to light when the patient’s family members apprised senior CHC authorities of the incident.