Shocking and gruesome incidents of suspected female foeticide have been revealed in the premises of St John’s Medical College. Although the two separate incidents seemed to have occurred on October 1 and October 5, they have come to light only now.
While one foetus, about five months old, was stuffed inside the commode in a public toilet near the hospital’s emergency ward, the other foetus was discovered in the sanitation treatment plant’s tank.
The Koramangala Police have taken cognisance of these instances and registered two separate cases under section 318 (concealment of birth by disposing dead body).
Koramangala Police told TNM that both foetuses were around 5 months old. “One of the babies did not have a portion of its brain. Doctor’s at St John’s itself conducted a medical test and said that it was a condition seen in some babies. The other baby was normal. We are looking through CCTV footage and also obtained a list of all pregnant women who visited the hospital between October 1 and 5,” an officer at the Koramangala Police Station said.
According to Dr Sanjiv Lewin, the Associate Medical Superintendent of St John’s Hosiptal, both the spots where the foetuses were found were accessible to general public.
“Our hospital policy is against performing abortions. If any patient visiting St John’s wants to medically terminate the pregnancy, the patient is referred to other hospitals. This could not have happened in our hospital,” he said.
“Both the foetuses were dead for over 48 hours when they were found and we immediately reported it to the police. Autopsies were also conducted,” he added.
“Our policy is called ‘respect for life’. No doctor in our hospital here is allowed to medically terminate pregnancies. No loss of pregnancy occurred in the hospital when these incidents came to light. We have shared the list of mothers who visited the hospital between October 1 and 5 with the police,” Dr Lewin said.
He said that every patient inside the hospital is monitored but the public movement in and out of the hospital is not something they can control.
Dr Lewin said that both the toilet and the sanitation treatment plant were easily accessible to the general public. “It could have been anyone. The babies’ DNA has been tested the police are investigating the case,” he added.