Scheme on PNDT a damp squib
The scheme launched by the Gurgaon health department to reward persons providing information on sex determination tests in the district has failed to bear positive results as not a single case has been registered till date.delhi Updated: Mar 16, 2013 01:29 IST
The scheme launched by the Gurgaon health department to reward persons providing information on sex determination tests in the district has failed to bear positive results as not a single case has been registered till date.
As per the scheme, which was re-launched last year, informers will be rewarded R25,000 for reporting incidents about the social evil. A dedicated helpline number — 102 — was also launched.
Health department officials say due to social implications, it is not easy to keep a tab on sex determination tests.
“As this is a social issue, there is a need to change the mindset of people. Though we received two cases last year, they turned out to be fake. When we went to investigate, the complainant refused to speak to us. Both doctors and patients are involved in this practice, thereby nobody is ready to testify against it,” said Dr Neelam Thapar, deputy civil surgeon, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
She further said the practice was more prevalent among the affluent classes as they could afford the high cost of the tests.
The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act prohibits sex selection, before or after conception, and for regulation of pre-natal diagnostic techniques for the purposes of detecting genetic abnormalities, metabolic disorders, chromosomal abnormalities or sex-linked disorders and for the prevention of misuse for sex determination leading to female foeticide etc.