Doctor held on sterilisation deaths

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Published: Thursday 13th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A doctor who conducted sterilisation procedures after which 13 women died has been arrested, a senior medical official in India said.

SK Mandal, the chief medical officer in central Chhattisgarh state where the operations were performed, said the surgeon was arrested after he had gone into hiding.

According to Dr Mandal, the suspect, RK Gupta, performed more than 80 sterilisation procedures in six hours – a breach of government protocol which prohibits surgeons from performing more than 30 in a day.

The operations were part of a free government-run sterilisation campaign aimed at curbing a booming population. The women were sent home after the ops but dozens became ill. Thirteen died and 16 are fighting for their lives.

Published: Thursday 13th November 2014 by The News Editor

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