Thursday, April 22, 2010

Aborted babies bodies dumped in India

The BBC reported April 19th that Authorities in the western Indian state of Gujarat say they have recovered more than a dozen human foetuses from a rubbish bin in the city of Ahmedabad.

It is suspected that the tiny unborn babies bodies could have been dumped by local abortion clinics, which have been conducting illegal sex determination tests. It is understood that the bodies, which were all female have been sent for post-mortem examinations.

Female foeticide has been a major problem in India and also in China. It is reported that millions of unborn girls may have been aborted in India over the past 20 years in sex selective abortions and despite the fact that India banned sex selection in 1994 the practice has continued.

The BBC report says the bodies were found in the east of the city on Monday morning. Some were in broken jars, which have been sent for forensic examination.
Female foeticide has led to an unbalanced sex ratio in many northern districts of Gujarat, and in other states in India.

A similar incident was recently reported in China where the bodies of 21 babies were found dumped on a river bank. Television footage showed several bodies lying on the ground by the river, covered in mud, while emergency workers searched the area. See BBC report