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Two quacks held for illegal termination of pregnancy

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They were arrested in a decoy operation ordered by the Collector

VELLORE: Two quacks belonging to Natrampalli who allegedly indulged in illegal termination of pregnancy were arrested in their `clinic' following a decoy operation launched at the instance of Collector S.Gopalakrishnan.

The operation carried out on Wednesday was a coordinated effort by the Revenue, Health, Social Welfare and police departments.

Following complaints received from the public by District Social Welfare Officer Saroja Thiruvengadam that the two — Parvathi and her son, Jothinathan — had been indulging in the practice in their `clinic' on R.C.S.Main Road for the last 15 years, resulting in the death of several women, she had informed the Collector who directed the authorities to inspect the `clinic' and take action against the quacks. That the quacks were indulging in the practicewas confirmed through a non-governmental organisation. On Wednesday, two women constables were sent in as decoys. While one posed as a pregnant woman desiring termination of pregnancy, the other pretended to assist her.

When Parvathi was readying to inject her,Anu George, Sub-Collector, Tirupattur, Joint Director of Medical Services M.Shanmugam, and Deputy Director of Health Services, Tirupattur, Prakash went in and caught Parvathi and her son red-handed.

Natrampalli police then arrested the two and produced them before the Judicial Magistrate-4, Tirupattur who remanded them to 15 days custody.

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