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Maharashtra: Another doctor from Kadam hospital arrested in illegal abortion case

On January 9, an FIR was registered based on the complaint of the girl’s mother under IPC Sections 376 (3), 376 (2) (n), 312, 313, 315, 341, 201, 506, 34 and Sections 4, 6 and 21 (1) of the Pocso Act.

Written by Jayprakash S Naidu | Mumbai |
Updated: January 17, 2022 7:43:28 am
So far, six persons have been arrested in the case, including Niraj. (File)

NIRAJ KADAM, a gynaecologist, was on Sunday arrested by Arvi police in Wardha in the illegal abortion case of a 13-year-old girl which allegedly took place at his family-run Kadam Hospital in Arvi, Wardha district, earlier this month. Following the case, in a search, the police found 12 skulls and 54 bones from the hospital premises. Further, an inspection team found several expired pills on the premises that had not been disposed of.

Earlier, Niraj’s wife Rekha Kadam, also an MS gynaecologist, was arrested by the Arvi police for allegedly carrying out an abortion surgery on the teenager, who was five months pregnant. Rekha is presently in judicial custody. The girl is admitted in a hospital at Wardha and is said to be in a stable condition.

An officer said the hospital authorities did not follow the rules related to disposing bio medical waste and a separate FIR may be registered against them in the regard.

Talking about Niraj’s role, an officer said, “Niraj was aware about the abortion but did not inform police. Further, he helped in destruction of evidence.”

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Niraj knew about the abortions as the victim’s blood samples were referred to a pathology lab using his name, police said. Further, a few medicines and injections were found at Kadam Hospital, which can be used only in a government hospital, they added. “Our probe is on to find out how he got his hands on these medicines,” said Bhanudas Pidurkar, senior inspector of Arvi police.

Niraj has been employed with the sub district hospital for the last three years and is said to be a popular doctor for carrying out caesarian operations. Police said a sonography machine at the Kadam Hospital was taken in the name of Niraj and Rekha but its licence was not renewed for a year after it expired in January 2021.

A medical test was done on Niraj at Arvi sub district hospital in the early hours and he was produced before a sessions court in Wardha. Earlier, on Saturday, a special team of doctors, including a gynaecologist, a forensic expert, a medical superintendent, a lawyer, a tehsildar and the

police carried out an inspection at the hospital. They allegedly found several expired medicines, multi vitamins, tonic, anaesthesia, and contraceptive tablets like Mala D. Some medicines had expired in 2013, some in 2015 and several others the last year.

The Arvi sub district hospital authorities, during their last inspection in May, had orally asked the Kadam family to dispose of the expired medicines but they failed to do so, police said. “We found three boxes of Mala D, which contained several thousands of pills including expired ones,” said Bhanudas Pidurkar, senior inspector of Arvi police, who was part of the special team.

“There are certain rules laid down by the government for hospitals to dispose of bio medical waste. This was apparently not followed by Kadam Hospital. The foetus, human remains and expired medicines have to be kept in a yellow bucket and then handed over to a super hygienic

agency to dispose them off as per government guidelines. But they dumped the foetus in their backyard,” said Dr Mohan B Sute, MS (Ophthalmology), superintendent of Arvi sub district hospital, who was part of the special team.

“Further, Dr Rekha Kadam has not registered her MS gynaecologist degree with the Medical Council of India,” added Sute. Dr Rekha had carried out the illegal abortion surgery on the 13-year-old girl, police said. The team had submitted their findings to District Civil Surgeon Dr Sachin Tadas who will chair an advisory committee that will decide what action needs to be taken against the hospital.

They will also inform police on the registers seized by them which contains information on all the legal abortions. The data stored in the sonography machine will also help police get leads on patients examined through it, an official said.

On January 9, an FIR was registered based on the complaint of the girl’s mother under sections of the IPC and POCSO, pertaining to rape and illegal abortion. A search was conducted at the hospital on January 12, following which 11 skulls and 54 bones of foetuses were found on the campus. It is being suspected that the Kadam family was carrying out illegal abortions on the premises. A team from Nagpur forensic lab visited the spot on Friday and found one more skull. They have taken all the human remains to the lab and will conduct DNA extraction tests on them.

Kadam Hospital is owned by Niraj’s father Kumar Singh Kadam. Niraj’s mother Shailaja Kadam, also a gynaecologist, holds a licence to carry out abortions at the hospital. The Kadam family is wealthy and owns several properties in Arvi, officials said.

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