Indian police last week arrested a man posing as a doctor and charged him with illegally aborting female fetuses and then flushing them down the toilet. A.K. Singh ran an illegal clinic in a Delhi suburb, offering sex-determination tests and abortions. Abortion is legal in India, but abortion based on the sex of the fetus was outlawed in 1994. Police said they found tiny skulls and bones in the clinic’s septic tank, as well as a pile of partly burned fetuses in the clinic building. Many regions of India, including Gurgaon, report only 800 girls born for every 1,000 boys. Indian parents tend to prefer sons because daughters are expensive to marry off.
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