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Hoshiarpur : It took nine months, a complaint from a social activist followed by instructions from Punjab State Human Rights Commission and a concerted campaign against female foeticide by media, that law could finally catch up with a Mahilpur nursing home, accused of carrying out illegal abortions. Mahilpur police on Thursday, based on a memo received from Hoshiarpur civil surgeon, finally registered a case against Manmeet Kaur of Awtar Nursing Home under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.
The civil Surgeon wrote the memo after the Punjab State Human Rights Commission instructed the concerned authorities to register a case after it found that a prima facie case was made out for proceeding under section 12 of the Human Rights Act, 1993.
Last year in June-July , TOI had highlighted how a minister in the previous Congress government and a Congress MLA were protecting the guilty and initimidating doctors of the raiding team not to carry out legal action against the nursing home, Parvinder Singh, a Nawanshahr based social activist, had then filed a complaint with the national and state human rights commissions, urging them to look into the matter
On June 7, 2005 a seven-member medical team had made a surprise visit to the residence of one Nandini Chawla of village Kot Fathui, who had claimed that a doctor at Awtar nursing home had put a tube into her uterus, a procedure usually adopted to induce an illegal abortion. The medical report of Nandini had also revealed that a catheter had been deliberately put into the uterus of Nandini Chawla in order to induce an abortion. According to report, Dr. Manmeet Kaur has fled from the hospital and the police are conducting raids to nab her.