At a hospital in Maharashtra’s Wardha district, 11 skulls and 54 bones, apparently from foetuses, were discovered. The facility is suspected of performing illegal abortions, according to police.
A doctor and a nurse who worked at the hospital have been arrested. The bones were transferred to a forensic lab for a thorough analysis, and the results are still pending.
The incident was discovered as authorities were investigating a case in which a juvenile boy reportedly impregnated a 13-year-old girl with whom he was involved.
According to a police officer, the boy’s parents allegedly warned the girl’s family that if she did not abort the baby, they would defame them. The surgery purportedly performed at the Wardha hospital was allegedly paid for by the boy’s parents.
Following a police report, a doctor at the hospital and a nurse were detained on January 9. The boy’s parents have also been detained.
According to a police officer, the suspects were arrested under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
According to investigators, the doctor ignored to notify authorities that he was performing an abortion on a teenager under the age of 18.
Police examined the hospital grounds as part of the inquiry and discovered the skulls and bones near a biogas plant on site. Photos from the scene show police officials checking the location where the bones were discovered.
Wardha police superintendent Prashant Holkar told PTI that the accused doctor’s parents-in-law are physicians with a permit to conduct abortions.
According to him, an investigation is currently ongoing to determine if the bones and skulls retrieved from the hospital were disposed of lawfully or illegally. According to the police commissioner, the accused doctor has yet to present any documentation in this matter.
According to a sign outside the hospital, it specialises in maternity care and offers X-ray and sonography procedures.