In a shocking revelation through a Right to Information (RTI) application, it is found that three private nursing homes in Rajastan’s Dasua district removed uterus of 226 women out of 385 women patients between March and September last year.

All these hospitals were recognized by the government under its ‘Janani Suraksha Yozna’ programme for safe delivery of babies.

The RTI application was filed by a Dausa-based NGO, Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat. Durga Prasad, general secretary of the NGO, says that hospitals did this solely for monetary benefits. They earned about Rs 14,000 from each patient. Prasad claimed that the doctors removed the uterus even when it was not necessary.

‘They scared patients by saying that the infection in their body would spread if they did not undergo surgery to remove the uterus, and thus they earned Rs 12,000 to 14,000 from each patient by operating upon them,’ Prasad said.

The district administration has ordered an enquiry into the matter by a three-member committee led by OP Meena, chief medical and health officer, Dausa.

The RTI revelation comes close on the heels of a daunting incident where 17 pregnant women died after being given contaminated glucose in Rajastan’s Jodhpur District.