With the lowest child sex ratio in the country of 830 girls per 1000 boys, Haryana does not fair well in conviction of accused under Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques(PNDT) Act, 1994.
Figures of the state director general health services office reveal that only 30 persons have been convicted since 2001 out of the 66 prosecution complaints filed in the courts till date which comes out to be 45% success rate.
In an ongoing case, state director general of health services Dr Narveer Singh informed the Punjab and Haryana high court that only two medical professionals have been convicted this year whereas the highest number of 12 people were convicted in 2007-08.
The public interest litigation filed by Girish Memorial Charitable Trust, Panchkula which came up for hearing on Friday before the division bench headed by justice MM Kumar has sought directions to Haryana, Punjab and UT Chandigarh to take appropriate steps to stop female foeticide by strictly enforcing provisions of PNDT Act.
The petitioner has even sought the directions to the concerned authorities to carry out registration of ultra sound machines meant for veterinary purposes which can also be used for human sex detection.
Dr Singh informed the court that highest number of prosecution complaints in the state i.e. nine have been filed from Faridabad district followed by Ambala and Gurgaon where seven such complaints have been submitted.
He said till date registration of a total of 303 medical centers violating PNDT, Act has been cancelled out of which licences of 18 such centers were cancelled this year. The bench was also informed that 156 ultrasound machines have been sealed till date.
When contacted, Dr Singh informed HT, “At present there are 1,209 ultrasound centers in private sector, 48 under government and 67 genetic counseling centers registered in the state.”
Asked about the most problematic districts in the state in violation of PNDT Act, he said, “We need to focus more on Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Narnaul and Mahendergarh.”