Sex determination racket in Loni busted by Haryana, Ghaziabad officials

A joint team of Sonepat and Ghaziabad officials busted the alleged sex determination test racket being operated from a Loni clinic

noida Updated: Jun 26, 2017 23:11 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
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A hand-held sex-determination machine seized by officials from a flat at Raj Nagar Extension in a raid last year.(HT File Photo)

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Sonepat and Ghaziabad administration officials on Monday busted an alleged illegal sex determination racket being run at a clinic in Loni.

The health department officials sent a decoy customer to the clinic for sex determination around 8.30am on Monday, where an untrained staff performed the procedure for Rs3,500.

“The teams raided the clinic which is registered in the name of one Dr Saroj. The man who conducted the test was an unqualified medical practitioner. We will lodge a case under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994. The second offence is of employing unqualified staff to undertake health procedures and attend to patients,” said Atul Kumar, subdivisional magistrate, Loni.

Officials said that they are also on the lookout for other such centres in remote locations where a number of couples and women from neighbouring Haryana come to know the sex of their unborn child.

Officials said that people are sent to such clinics by middlemen who charge from Rs15,000-Rs20,000, of which the person conducting the test gets around Rs5,000 per case.

“Since Loni is close to Haryana, which has a skewed sex ratio, a number of women from Haryana are sent by here by middlemen for sex determination test. We have stepped up checking of such centres and will take appropriate action. The state government recently issued directions in this regard and we will implement them soon,” Kumar said.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on June 24 announced ‘Mukhbir Yojana’ — a plan to rope in the public as informers to tip officials about such centres. Under the plan, there is also an incentive of Rs2 lakh for those providing correct information about the involvement of a doctor or medical staff in illegal sex determination.

In December 2016, health department teams from Haryana had busted a centre in Raj Nagar Extension. The raid was conducted based on information that a woman from Haryana was sent to a flat in a housing complex, where tests were being conducted.

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 23:11 IST