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Jun 11, 2012 at 09:12pm IST

Beed: Maharashtra govt to adopt labourer's daughters

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Ministry has decided to adopt the four daughters of a woman labourer from Beed district who had died during an illegal abortion in May.

The victim had allegedly wanted an abortion after learning that she was carrying another daughter. Her husband is currently in jail.

The decision to adopt was announced by Women and Child Welfare Minister Varsha Gaikwad, who visited the girls' family.

Earlier, the state government was expected to order the closure of a stand-alone sonography centre in Beed district following the death of the woman labourer.

Among the most backward districts, Beed has been notorious for rampant sex determination tests.

Known as the 'Butcher of Beed', Dr Sadam Munde and his wife, now in the hiding, thrived on illegal abortions for more than two decades, police said.

In May, 28-year-old Vijaymala Patekar, mother to three girls and pregnant with her fourth, haemorrhaged to death on Munde's operating table. She was well into her second trimester.

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