Monday, July 8, 2013

Engineer files complaint against wife for abortion in Pune

Engineer files complaint against wife for abortion in Pune

Monday, Jul 8, 2013, 3:06 IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
Chaitraly Deshmukh  

Court asks police to file a case, submit report

A civil engineer from Ghorpade Peth has filed a private complaint with a judicial magistrate (first class) against his wife and his in-laws alleging that they illegally aborted the foetus.

Based on the complaint, judicial magistrate (first class) AM Santani has directed the Swargate police to register an offence and submit its report to the court.

Civil engineer Narayan Hardikar (32) and Anita (28) (both names changed to protect identity) got married in 2011. Anita is an M. Tech.

Narayan filed his private complaint before the court through his lawyer Prashant More against his wife Anita, her parents and a Swargate-based gynecologist. The lawyer filed the case under relevant sections of The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

Narayan alleged in the plaint, "From last year, my relationship with my wife turned bitter and disputes between us started sprouting over petty issues. In January 2012 my wife was pregnant and by April she was 3 to 4 months pregnant. Every time she used to visit her parents' house and stay there. I would advise her against travelling in such a condition and that would lead to arguments and fights between us. In spite of that, I would take her to the the maternity hospital in Yerawada, where the doctors had told us that the foetus was good and healthy. However on April 1 last year, without giving me and my parents any intimation, my wife left the house and got admitted in a Swargate-based maternity hospital and later got discharged. Instead of coming back to my home, she went to her maternal house to stay."

He added, "Later in May 4, when I called Anita and inquired about her health, she replied that she underwent an abortion and it was a female infant. I was shocked and later claimed that it was illegal as my opinion was not taken. Due to the bitterness in our relationship she aborted the foetus."

Narayan's lawyer More argued, "The termination of pregnancy is illegally carried out by Anita. The termination of pregnancy was done for no sufficient and valid cause as per the legal provision."