‘Rape victim’s life at risk’: Bail denied to Wardha doctor couple in illegal abortion case
Doctor couple Niraj and Rekha Kadam, booked in January at Wardha for allegedly being implicated in the illegal abortion of a minor victim of rapewas denied bail by the Court of Sessions recently, who said medical documents showed there was a risk to the 13-year-old’s life due to the abortion.
The court also took into consideration that there are other allegations, including missing evidence and an income tax investigation into the recovery of a huge sum of money recovered from the couple’s home.
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Wardha Police filed an indictment against eight people last month on multiple counts, including the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO), in the case.
The court earlier this month also rejected bail requests from two hospital staff – Sangita Kale and Puja Dahat.
“According to the police documents and above, there are not only allegations of underage victim abortion, disappearance of evidence, but various technical irregularities, non-compliance with procedure are noted. Although an indictment is filed, various new facts come to light during the investigation. Candidates are in a position of influence over the victim, their family members and their hospital staff. The plaintiffs will pressure the victim and the witnesses,” the court said while rejecting the bail applications of Doctors Niraj and Rekha.
A complaint was lodged at Arvi Police Station in Wardha district in January over the complaint of a teenage mother, who alleged that her underage daughter was forced to have an abortion at Kadam Hospital . The victim was five months pregnant. It was revealed that she had been raped by an underage boy. But instead of complaining to the police, she was taken to hospital for an abortion.
During the search at the hospital, the police claimed to have seized 11 skulls and 54 bones. It was submitted to the court that a government medical school report, forming part of the indictment, said the samples seized were bones but could not conclude whether they were bones humans because they were small and not fully developed. A DNA report was expected.
In their bail pleas, the defendants denied that the illegal abortion was performed at their clinic. The court said it was reviewing prima facie documents and statements, including those from staff who allegedly said illegal abortions were performed at the hospital and the fetuses were dumped in a well behind the hospital.
“On the face of it, there is nothing in the record about following legal process and summoning the police. Candidate gynecologists must follow legal process and exercise due diligence and care in the The victim Kasturba hospital discharge summary shows that after the abortion incident there was a history of vaginal bleeding given by the victim According to medical records from Kasturba hospital, her life was in danger,” the court said.
A separate case has also been filed against the accused under various articles for failing to follow other procedures, including the disposal of biomedical waste.