In a joint operation, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare carried out a surprise check at a private clinic in Sector 15 on Thursday and arrested a BAMS doctor for allegedly selling MTP kits to women.
The accused doctor has been identified as Dr. Aruna, a resident of house no. 7, sector 15, Panchkula. The department had been informed that she was illegally selling MTP kits to pregnant women at her clinic, Family Clinic, Sector 15. Kaur and Inspector Neha Chauhan were made up and raided the clinic. A woman was sent as a decoy client to her residence-clinic for asking for help in terminating her pregnancy. “The accused doctor gave her an MTP kit for Rs 800 and caught her red-handed with the money,” Kaur said.
The defendant claimed to be a BAMS doctor, but did not submit any qualifications to support her claim. The MTP kit consists of a combination of two drugs, misoprostol and mifepristone, which are used for medical abortion/termination of pregnancy.
Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act 1971, termination of pregnancy by a person can only be carried out by a licensed physician. Otherwise, it is an offense punishable by imprisonment, the duration of which may not be less than two years but may go up to seven years.
The woman was arrested under Sections 4 and 5 of the MTP Act at Sector 14 Police Station.