BEED, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, June 18, 2012, ( – An Indian court has charged the abortionists accused of feeding unborn babies to dogs with homicide in the death of a 30-year-old woman undergoing a sex-selective abortion.

Dr. Sudam Munde and his wife Saraswati surrendered to Parli police around 9 p.m. local time last night.

The two had performed an abortion on May 18 that resulted in the death of 30-year-old Vijaymala Patekar, who was then six months pregnant.


The pair fled authorities on May 23.  

The Parli court charged the couple with culpable homicide in her death. In a sign the court is taking the crime seriously, it may also charge those who hid the couple after they jumped bail last month.

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The couple stands accused of conducting a botched abortion after running illegal sex-determination tests.

Patekar was pregnant with an unwanted girl. It was her sixth pregnancy.

A member of the anti-gender bias charity Lek Ladki Abhiyan obtained evidence years ago that the couple fed aborted babies to dogs in order to dispose of the evidence. Authorities arrested Munde at the time but let him go, pro-life officials say because of his wealth and influence. 

The two will be held in custody until at least June 25.


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