Dr Puneet Bedi, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Indrapastha Apollo hospital in New Delhi, told the BBC earlier this month that British women were favoured clients at abortion clinics across India because they would pay ten or 20 times more than local women for a termination. Dr Bedi
Five Live Breakfast: "I have often been approached by people who are willing to send someone to my practice.There are transfers from GPs in England to the gynaecologists in Delhi - that is a fact.It is an organised industry, an organised mafia among doctors." Dr Bedi
added that Indian families did not want girls because they were seen as second class citizens."Every time a girl is born, the whole family goes into mourning.Every time a woman is pregnant, there is a lot of pressure to produce a son," he
The consultant said that the average cost for an Indian woman to have an abortion was around £100, whereas British Asian women could pay several thousand pounds.
"I do not known of any doctor who does not have half a dozen colleagues or medical school friends in England already practising - sometimes in areas where there is a large Indian population," he