Panchkula: Police booked a gynaecologist and a peon posted at General Hospital, Sector 6, for allegedly accepting Rs 20,000 for conducting an abortion following an inquiry, four days after the complaint was received.
Dr Sneh Singh, deputy civil surgeon, had lodged the complaint against Dr Poonam Bhargava, the gynaecologist and Baljinder, the peon, after receiving video clips from Amandeep Singh, a resident of Patiala, on February 20.
The video filmed secretly by Amandeep on his mobile phone showed him meeting Dr Bhargava and telling her that his wife was pregnant with their third girl child and they wanted to abort it.
In response, the doctor offered to carry out the abortion at their house in exchange of Rs 20,000.
On Sunday, health minister Anil Vij ordered the gynaecologist’s suspension.
Civil surgeon Dr Jasjeet Kaur had constituted a committee of six doctors, including Dr Sangeeta Singhal, Dr Umesh Modi, Dr Rani Singh, Dr Suresh Kumar, Dr Parvinder and Dr Saroj Aggarwal, to conduct the probe into the alleged facilitating of an illegal medical termination of pregnancy of a four-month foetus.
The committee in its report submitted said the video clearly shows her intention to perform the MTP for Rs 20,000, despite being told that the woman already has two daughters and has come after a “test”.
Police registered a case against Bhargava and the peon under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the MTP Act, Section 27-B (ii) and 28 of Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1940 and different Sections of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 5 police station.
A man had submitted video clips of him telling Dr Poonam Bhargava, a gynaecologist, that that his wife was pregnant with their third girl child and they wanted to abort it.
The doctor, in the video, is seen agreeing to conduct the abortion for Rs 20,000