The district health department filed a case against city nursing home-cum-ultrasound centre for violating Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PCPNDT) by conducting prenatal sex determination tests here. The district authorities informed that they had filed the case based on the complaint of a pregnant lady named Rama Jindal.
Rama Jindal, a resident of Patran, was made to undergo sonography by her husband at Rajan Nursing-cum-ultrasound centre in order to determine the gender of foetus.
Officials added that police authorities in Patran rescued her on finding out that she was subjected to domestic violence as she had refused to get an abortion done.
The district health authorities have made tall claims several times to nab defaulters conducting malpractices of sex determination and female feoticide, however, the new case has raised eyebrows about their seriousness in dealing with the issue.
District family welfare and planning officer, Dr Surinderpal said, “ The inquiry regarding the clinic was initiated when the plaintiff told us that the complainant could identify the clinic and the doctor who had conducted the test on her. Acting on the allegations, a six-member team of district officials raided Rajan clinic and sealed the ultrasound machine.”
Dr Surinderpal said the decision to file a case under PCPNDT act against the clinic and the doctor was taken during a meeting of district health advisory committee, which had looked into the case from all aspects of the complainant.
He said, “All the formalities and needed paper work has been done.”
The authorities claimed that they would not spare the defaulters found guilty under the PCPNDT Act.
Civil surgeon Dr Mohi said all ultrasound centres had been told to maintain records of patients.
He said, “We would conduct surprise raids in the future at ultrasound centres to stop the malpractice of sex determination.”
The nursing home, which is located right in the heart of the city, has hit the headlines for wrong reasons and yet it has been getting away with clean chit.
What is the PCPNDT Act?
The Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PNDT) came into being in 1994 in order keep a check on female foeticide. The Act prohibits determination and disclosure of the sex of foetus. It also prohibits any advertisements related to prenatal determination of sex and prescribes punishment for the violation of the act with three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of `10,000. The PNDT Act had been amended keeping in view the emerging technologies for selection of sex before and after conception.
These amendments have come into operation with effect from February 14, 2003 and the Act is now known as PCPNDT Act.