Even as the health department faces criticism for ineffective implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act, authorities in Dasuya got a case registered against the owner of a nursing home for conducting a sex-determination test. An attempt to murder case has also been registered against the in-laws of the woman, as the test was reportedly done without the consent of the would-be mother and the female baby was delivered, but died soon after.
Taranjit Kaur, a resident of Adarsh Nagar in the town, approached the health department and a team led by Dasuya senior medical officer Naresh Kansra raided Chopra Nursing Home in the town on Tuesday, in police presence and detected several violations of the PNDT Act.
The nursing home, owned by doctor Monica Chopra, had not maintained the sex determination record of the said patient despite having conducting the scan on January 2. Department officials sealed the scanning machine and the centre's record was taken into custody.
Taranjit was taken to another hospital in Dasuya in a critical condition and operated upon on March 23. She delivered a female child, but the latter died soon after birth. Taranjit alleged that she was forcibly administered some medicine by her in-laws who did not want a girl, which proved fatal for the infant and deteriorated her health.
On her complaint, the police registered a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder), 313 (causing miscarriage without woman's consent) of the Indian Penal Code and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act against three members of Taranjit's in-law family.
A case under the PNDT Act has been registered against medical practitioner Monica Chopra. No arrest has been made so far. Taranjit's husband works in a Gulf country and they had a two-and-half-year-old son.
On Wednesday, a board of doctors conducted a post-mortem at the civil hospital. The autopsy report also confirmed that the infant was a girl. Dr Kansra said the mother was out of danger.
Hoshiarpur civil surgeon Surjit Singh claimed that the department had received complaints against Chopra Nursing Home previously too.
"We even sent three decoy patients to see if the nursing home indulged in sex-determination tests, but failed to gather conclusive evidence. The government does provide funds to check the menace, but finding decoy patients remained a problem," he claimed.