Kenyan Indian women aborting female foetuses

Nairobi, Oct 28 (IANS) Kenyan Indian women in Nairobi capital city are opting for mass abortions to avoid giving birth to a girl child, according to a report.

These risky terminations of pregnancy are fuelled by traditional Indian beliefs and preference for boys, according to an investigative report done by The Nairobian newspaper.

According to the report, the tendency of killing foetuses of girls among the Indian-origin community is widespread.

A leading hospital in the Kenyan capital has banned ultra-sound scans to determine the sex of unborn babies for Indian-origin mothers.

A nurse told The Nairobian that the hospital's management has stopped providing scanning facility to Indian-origin women who pay dearly to get rid of baby girls.

"There hasn't been official communication to us, but that's the general position. We don't condone abortions and so we won't scan babies' sex if it will lead to abortion," she added.

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