Four people, including the owner of a Kharar hospital, a Bsc (nursing), were held on Friday for carrying out sex determination tests on pregnant women. They have been identified as Sarabjit Kaur, 55, who owns SK Multi Speciality Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in Kharar; Sikander Singh, 55, of Bathinda; Balwinder Singh, 29, of Sirsa; and Gurmeet Kaur, 27, of Moga. Another accused, Meet, who acted as a tout, is absconding.
The arrests were made during a raid at the health facility around 7am. Health officials and cops also recovered `20,000 paid to the hospital for conducting the sex tests. The team sealed the centre and seized the ultrasound machine as well. The accused have been booked under Sections 420 (cheating) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC, besides relevant sections of the Indian Medical Council Act and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, said Kharar (city) station house officer (SHO) Vijay Kumar,.
The preliminary probe revealed that tout Meet used to operate through his aides Sikander and Balwinder. The duo used to zero in on prospective clients in rural areas of the region and arrange for their transportation to Kharar. The sex test was conducted in the wee hours, when the ultrasonologist was not present at the centre.
“The sex determination tests were conducted in the hospital between 5am and 6 am,” said Kharar SMO Dr Manraj Singh.
Cops are probing the role of the radiologist, whose room and machine were used to carry out the tests. The radiologist, who lives in Ambala, is at the hospital between 9am and 2 pm. As per the PNDT Act, radiologists must ensure their equipment is not misused to carry out sex tests.