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Sambhaji Bhide in trouble over his ‘mangoes for sons’ remarks

Controversial Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide has been found guilt of violating law with his “mangoes for sons” remarks and will be dragged to court by the Nashik civic body.

An advisory committee of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has found Bhide guilty of violating the Pre- conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act (PCPNDT Act) with his remarks, an official said today.

Bhide had last month claimed a number of couples were blessed with sons after eating mangoes from his orchard.

“Mangoes are powerful and nutritious. Some women who ate mangoes of my garden have given birth to sons,” Bhide had said, addressing a gathering in Nashik.

The ex-RSS activist’s remarks drew flak from various quarters and the Additional Director of Health, Pune, had asked the NMC to look into the matter after receiving a complaint against Bhide from a member of the Ahmednagar civic body’s committee on the PCPNDT Act.

Accordingly, the committee, which works under the NMC’s health department, probed the matter and submitted a report to the civic commissioner yesterday, said J Z Kothari, NMC’s medical superintendent.

The panel had served a notice to Bhide, seeking his explanation, but he did not appear before it, committee members said.

Bhide was found guilty of violating section 22 of the PCPNDT Act (prohibition of advertisement relating to pre- conception and pre-natal determination of sex and punishment for contravention), Kothari said, quoting from the report.

The advisory committee has decided to file a case against Bhide in a local court under the Act, he said.

Bhide, who heads the Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, is an accused in the January 1 Bhima-Koregaon caste violence case.

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