Indian doctor takes her husband to court after he 'tricked her into revealing the sex of their unborn girl twins then pressured her to abort them'
- Mitu Khurana says her husband secretly asked doctors to take ultra-sound
- The 39-year-old claims he then put pressure on her to abort the girl twins
- Dr Khurana refused and gave birth to the girls who are now ten-years-old
- She is launching a legal battle after case was thrown out at lower courts
An Indian doctor has launched a legal battle after accusing her husband of tricking her into revealing the sex of her unborn girl twins - then pressurising her into aborting them.
Mitu Khurana, who lives in Jaipur, claims her husband secretly asked doctors to take an ultra-sound of her babies while she was in hospital with a stomach complaint in 2004.
The 39-year-old paediatrician refused to abort the twins and is now beginning a 'landmark' legal fight at India's high court.
Mitu Khurana (right), from Jaipur, claims her husband Kamal (left) secretly asked doctors to take an ultra-sound of her babies while she was in hospital with a stomach complaint in 2004
The case has become high profile in the country with campaigners claiming sex-selective abortions in India have reached 'emergency' levels, according to Olivia Acland, writing in the Sunday Telegraph.
Her husband Dr Kamal Khurana has strongly denied the claims made against him.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the allegations are the first of their kind to be brought under a law introduced in the 1990s that bars the gender testing of foetuses.
It was introduced in a bid to drive down the number of girls being aborted.
'Ultrasounds in India always happen behind closed doors because every doctor knows it's a crime and will never give the results in writing. If I lose this case it will close the door to any women who want to file complaints in the future.'
The 39-year-old paediatrician (pictured) refused to abort the twins and is now beginning a 'landmark' legal fight at India's high court
Mitu Khurana's twins (pictured), which were born prematurely, are now ten-years-old
Her case, which also implicates the Jaipur Golden Hospital, was thrown out amid a lack of evidence when it went before lower courts, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
She initially went to hospital because of a stomach complaint, according to court papers. But she alleges that her husband then 'colluded' with medics who carried out the gender test.
Mrs Khurana claimed her husband then put pressure on her to get an abortion and says he once confined her to a room 'with the intention to induce abortion' after she was left in pain following a fall.
Her twins, which were born prematurely, are now ten-years-old.
The hospital says the scan was to check her kidneys and abdomen and was not an illegal gender test while Mr Khurana declined to comment, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
In 2011, research in the medical journal Lancet claimed that between four million and 12 million girls were believed to have been aborted between 1980 and 2010.
Raw data from India's census released the same year showed the country's population comprised of 914 girls under the age of six for every 1,000 boys suggesting that there was a continued preference for having boys over girls for economic and social reasons.
Only a decade earlier, many in the country were horrified when the ratio was 927 to 1,000.
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