A doctor and an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly conducting a sex determination test at a registered ultrasound centre in Himmatnagar district in Gujarat. In a joint operation, launched by the Udaipur PCPDNT cell along with the Himmatnagar district administration, the teams seized a sonography machine and over Rs 20,000 cash from the two accused.
Special secretary (medical and health) Naveen Jain said with the strict implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPDNT) Act in Rajasthan, now agents, especially village-level health workers, were taking pregnant women to neighbouring states for sex determination tests.
He said a team of officials from Udaipur district sent a decoy customer to ANM Nirmala Kumari, a native of Udaipur. Kumari agreed to take the customer to a registered sonography centre at Himatnagar in Gujarat for pre-natal sex determination and fixed the deal for Rs 21,000.
As soon as they reached Himmatnagar main bus stand and met Dr Jitendra Kumar Shukl of Devpujan Hospital, a team of Rajasthan PCPDNT cell, led by additional superintendent of police Raghuvir Singh, arrested them. The accused were brought to Udaipur and produced before a PCPDNT court.
This was the third successful inter-state sex determination racket busted by the Rajasthan PCPDNT cell in last three months. On May 20, a decoy operation led to arrests from Narnaul in Haryana, while another arrest was made from Agra in Uttar Pradesh on June 21. Total seven decoy operations were successfully conducted by the cell between April and July this year, including the three inter-state operations.