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Doctor arrested for conducting sex determination tests

Mumbai: Dr Madhukar Chandrakant Shinde, 45, a government doctor who has been absconding from work in Ratnagiri for a year and half, was nabbed by a Pune rural police team in a decoy operation.

Dr Shinde was arrested with three more people, including an alleged agent who would get in clients. Dr Shinde allegedly charged Rs 20,000 for conducting sex determination test on pregnant women using a portable sonography machine in a vehicle or at the women’s houses, reports DNA.

On March 10, the police sent a lady constable who pretended to be pregnant as a decoy. Dr Shinde, who was accompanied by two more pregnant women, took her to a house at Birobachiwadi in Daund, where he conducted the test on a woman waiting there, according to Dr Rupali Pakhare, medical officer, Daund sub-district hospital, who was part of the team.

According to Dr Satish Pawar, director general, health services, Maharashtra, Dr Shinde was absconding from work as medical officer at the Ratnagiri civil hospital, and the procedure to terminate his services had been launched four months ago. Dr Shinde holds an MBBS degree and a postgraduate diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology (DGO).

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