In The Economist, one woman’s crusade to stop sex selective abortions
IN OCTOBER, Varsha Deshpande persuaded a pregnant friend to travel eight hours to Aurangabad, a thriving, medium-sized city in the state of Maharashtra, for an ultrasound scan that she could have easily undergone in her hometown. Ms Deshpande also persuaded her friend to go to the appointment with a small microphone hidden under her sari blouse. A man posing as her husband had a tiny video camera concealed about him. Using the recordings of what went on during the appointment, Maharashtra’s state government has filed a case against the doctor that could lead to a three-year prison sentence.