Police and health officials cracked down on a make-shift facility in Rewari district on Friday for duping people with fake ultrasound tests to determine the sex of a foetus.
Eight people, including four touts, one patient and three of her relatives were arrested in a night-long raid by a team of Gurgaon police and health department officials. The accused are allegedly part of an interstate racket.
Police said the Rewari facility was set up by a man claiming to be a doctor, using a television, toy piano, CD player and microphone to pull off the ruse of an ultrasound machine.
Investigators also recovered medicines, including 2,000 tablets of Dexona, a steroid.
Based on a tip-off, the District Appropriate Authority constituted a raiding team of health department officials, aided by the police. One of the personnel posed as a client to nab the culprits.
The official pretending to be a client was asked to reach Pataudi with Rs 17,000 by one Naresh, an accused. Naresh then asked the ‘client’ to go to Narnual Rewari road where authorities nabbed him.
Using his help, the team also apprehended Pawan, whose job was to ferry patients to the facility, and Sonu Kumar, another member of the racket.
Officials were then led to a room in Khol village, Rewari, where Charan Singh was posing as the doctor. Singh has no certified medical degrees.
“An FIR was lodged against the eight accused at Khol Police station of Rewari under different sections of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex-Selection) Act, 1994,” said Amandeep Chuahan, the drugs controller, Gurgaon.
Sarita, a pregnant woman from Rajasthan who came for the test, was arrested along with two of her relatives who travelled with her to get it done.
Sex determination of the foetus is a crime under the Prohibition of Sex-Selection Act, and is punishable up to three years in jail and can be fined Rs 10,000.
Dr Neelam Thapar, Deputy civil surgeon, Gurgaon, drugs control officer Chauhan, and Gurgaon’s Red Cross secretary, Shyam Sunder, were part of the raiding team.