After a first-of-its-kind sting operation conducted by a state-employed detective agency, the Amritsar city police have arrested a lady doctor of Chheharta near here for indulging in illegal sex determination.
Dr Shupla Sharma of Bharat Hospital was booked under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostics Technique (PC-PNDT) Act at Chheharta police station.
A team led by civil surgeon Dr Jai Singh conducted a raid at the hospital after receiving a complaint by the decoy patient sent by the agency to Dr Sharma on Tuesday, who wanted the sex determination test done. On receiving the doctor’s consent, the money was handed over to the hospital.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani said it is the first-of-its-kind sting operation conducted by the detective agency, which was recently empanelled by the state government to check the misuse of technology for sex determination. He said the case was registered after the doctor took `15,000 from the decoy patient sent by the agency.
In the same press release, Vini Mahajan, principal secretary, health, said the department had recently hired the services of the agency to catch the violators of the PC-PNDT Act. She said the initiative had been taken to keep a strict vigil on those indulging in sex determination and female foeticide. She said the move is significant in view of the fast-changing technology that is reportedly being misused by such elements to earn a fast buck.
She said the sex ratio had fairly improved in the past few years owing to the concerted effort by the department to strictly enforce the Act and the increased awareness on girl child. She said Punjab had already increased the award money to informers under the Act from Rs 20,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
Chheharta SHO Arun Kumar said the decoy patient made an audio recording of her conversation with the doctor. “This is a clear case of criminal conspiracy to promote sex determination,” he said, adding that the raiding party had recovered the marked currency notes from the doctor. A written complaint by the civil surgeon was given to the local police and a case registered against Dr Sharma. The accused was produced in the court on Wednesday, he said.