Published On : Tue, Mar 1st, 2016

RTI stunner: 1197 unmarried mothers registered for MTP in the past 4 years

Nagpur: In an astonishing revelation, a staggering 1197 unmarried mothers registered for Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) or induced abortion in the past four years in city of Nagpur. Of the 1197 unmarried mothers, six died during the procedure. Similarly, five new-born babies too died. This stunning information was shared by the Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in a reply to a RTI query put up by renowned RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar. According to a State Government notification, registration of MTP Centres is done by NMC since 5.12.2013.

The year-wise details of number of unmarried mothers registered for MPT is as follows:

  • 2012-13           (324)
  • 2013-14           (472)
  • 2014-15           (189)
  • 2015-16 (Till Jan 31)    (212)

Six unmarried mothers died while undergoing MTP during the same period while five new-born babies too died.

The RTI reply did not specify how many unmarried mothers were under the age of 18 years citing non-availability of information as the reason. The reply also did not share various other information such as how many unmarried girls got registered for marriage, how many child marriages took place in Nagpur etc.

The RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar had also sought information regarding the number of sanctioned posts and the number of posts lying vacant in Health Department. The NMC furnished charts showing the number of sanctioned posts and the number of vacant posts.

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