Following a man’s arrest a month ago for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman and forcing her to undergo an abortion, police have now found that the doctor who conducted the abortion was running a clinic using a fake Medical Council of India (MCI) certificate.
The woman filed a complaint alleging that her live-in partner, on the pretext of marriage, sexually assaulted her over 8–9 months. He also forced her to undergo an abortion for Rs 8,000 in a hospital. The accused then escaped with her mobile phone and gold chain.
In May 2023, a woman was forcibly taken to a doctor’s clinic in Sector 9A, where an abortion was carried out using an MTP kit. The main accused, Veer alias Navin, was already arrested on November 28 in connection with the case.
Police identified the suspect as Mohammad Sohrab, who is originally from Siswa Maldahiya village, which is in East Champaran, Bihar. Sohrab was arrested on January 18.
Police said Sohrab completed his MBBS from China in 2010, but after returning to India, failed to clear an examination of the erstwhile Medical Council of India (now the National Medical Commission, or NMC). It is mandatory for people who have completed their medical degree from an institute in a foreign country and wish to practice in India. Then, he forged a registration certificate in 2013 and started seeing patients. He was operating a clinic at Nathupur in DLF Phase 3, Haryana.
Inspector Sandeep Kumar, SHO of Sector 9A police station, said that he initially practiced at a private hospital from 2014 to 2017 in Islampur in Sector 38. After that, he opened a clinic at Bhawani Enclave in Sector 9A, which functioned until November last year. Sohrab treated patients and carried out pregnancy-related ultrasounds, deliveries, and abortions illegally and without any gynaecological expertise.
Kumar said that a police team collected copies of Sohrab’s degree and certificate and sent them to NMC for verification, but the certificate turned out to be forged.
Now, the police are seeking help from NMC to verify his MBBS degree, as there is suspicion that it may be fake too.
Police have seized the records of a large number of patients, including pregnant women, from the clinic. The police will contact the victim to ascertain if their ultrasounds were conducted for illegal sex determination and abortion.
After a three-day police remand, Mohammad Sohrab was produced before a city court and sent to judicial custody.
(Input from various sources)