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Crime Patrol: Doc, husband held for forcible abortion (Episode 579 on 30th Oct, 2015)

The Inside Story

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Doctor and Husband Arrested for Forcible Abortion Resulting in Woman's Death

Dr. Mehul Panchal of Darshan Hospital and Rajesh Singhal, the husband of Deepika Singhal, were arrested on Saturday by Vatva police officials. Deepika Singhal, a 29-year-old resident of Sarkhej, died during an alleged forcible abortion at a private hospital in Narol on June 6. Her mother, Abubahen Gohil, claimed in her complaint that Deepika was forced to undergo abortion six months into her pregnancy after her in-laws confirmed through an illegal sonography that her third child was another girl.

Police have said that they are searching for four other accused, including Deepika's father-in-law Jetha Singhal, her mother-in-law Leela, and two of the doctor's associates, Harshad Rai Pathak and Hitesh Nisaria. According to the investigation, Deepika's husband took her to Dr. Mehul Panchal's clinic in Narol for sex determination three months into her pregnancy. The sonography report confirmed that she was pregnant with her third girl child.

As Deepika refused to go through an abortion, her husband, father-in-law, and mother-in-law subjected her to physical and mental torture. During the sixth month of her pregnancy, they forcibly took her for an abortion at Dr. Panchal's clinic, despite the fact that it is illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Deepika's condition worsened during the procedure and she had to be rushed to another hospital. However, she died on the same day due to excessive bleeding.

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