Surat police arrested a doctor for allegedly being involved in carrying out sex determination tests at her clinic in Varachha area Wednesday, following a sting operation carried out by Surat health department with the police.
The Surat district health department officials had few days ago got a tip off about Dr. Gita Mangukia, who runs Riddhi Siddhi clinic at Shivam Park society in Kapodara area in Surat, being involved in sex determination test and even female foeticide. The health department sent a decoy to the clinic on November 16. Dr. Gita Mangukia examined the patient and also disclosed the sex of the child and charged Rs 7,000 from her.
After getting a signal from the patient, Health officer Dr. Megha Mehta along with her team and police department staff raided Riddhi Siddhi clinic in Kapodara. Seeing the health officials and police staff, Mangukia, escaped from the rear door and went underground. The health officials had also seized sonography machines from her clinic.
Acting on a tip off, Kapodara police officials arrested Dr. Gita Mangukia, from her house at Shivkrupa Society, Chikuwadi, Kapodara, on Wednesday afternoon and booked her under various sections of Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act of 1994.
Surat district health department officer Dr. Megha Mehta said, “We have not questioned her as she had been arrested today. Dr. Gita Mangukia is holding BAMS degree and she had installed Sonography machine used in sex determination test. We have seized many documents from her clinic and they are under verification to find out till today how many test she had carried out. We also suspect her involvement in carrying out female feoticide. After her interrogation we will get more information from her.”