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Anupriya Patel, MOS, Health on PC-PNDT act

Anupriya Patel, MOS, Health on PC-PNDT act

The Government of India has enacted the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994, for prohibition of sex selection before or after conception and for prevention of misuse of pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic techniques for sex determination. The responsibility of implementation of the Act lies with State/ UT Governments, including taking action against medical Professionals for the offences of sex selection /sex determination.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Smt Anupriya Patel recently apprised the Lok Sabha about the various developments that had taken place to prevent pre-natal sex determination in the country.

As per the updates provided the by hon’ble minister, some salient figures include

  • Statistics revealed that the state of Maharashtra topped in the number of inspections conducted by the authorities with 1,45,918 facilities inspected till now. This was followed by Punjab with 36,549 facilities inspected and then Haryana 24,626 inspections had taken place
  • Rajasthan, probably saw the highest impact in terms of implementation, with 634 court cases reported under the act.  A total of 137 convictions have taken place till now with 21 licences being suspended on account of pre natal sex determination in the state. 
  • Maharshtra stood second with a total of 567 court cases, 84 convictions and 68 suspensions. 
  • Haryana state currently has 182 ongoing cases under the act, with 66 convictions having taken place till now. A total of 14 medical licenses have been suspended for the violations of the said act.

 

As per information received from States/UTs, the State/UT-wise details of inspection conducted under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 is given below:

State wise number of premises Inspected under PC&PNDT Act (Up to September, 2016)
S. No. State/UT No. of Premises Inspected
1 Andhra Pradesh 7904
2 Arunachal Pradesh 22
3 Assam 3307
4 Bihar 1564
5 Chhattisgarh 361
6 Goa 753
7 Gujarat 463
8 Haryana 24626
9 Himachal Pradesh 223
10 Jammu & Kashmir 1266
11 Jharkhand 1024
12 Karnataka 2281
13 Kerala 987
14 Madhya Pradesh 4608
15 Maharashtra 145918
16 Manipur 229
17 Meghalaya 26
18 Mizoram Nil
19 Nagaland 2
20 Odisha 2449
21 Punjab 36549
22 Rajasthan 9978
23 Sikkim 40
24 Tamil Nadu 12457
25 Telangana 4237
26 Tripura 71
27 Uttarakhand 2301
28 Uttar Pradesh 21010
29 West Bengal 5350
30 A & N. Island 4
31 Chandigarh 1255
32 D. & N. Haveli 15
33 Daman & Diu 9
34 Delhi 6188
35 Lakshadweep 3
36 Puducherry 171
Total 297651

As per the quarterly progress report (QPR) received from States/ UTs, a total of 2352 court cases have been filed by the District Appropriate Authorities for violating the provisions of the PC&PNDT Act. 386 convictions have been secured under PC&PNDT Act, the medical licenses of 108 doctors have been suspended by the various State Medical Councils, following convictions.   State wise details are given below:

Financial support to the States and UTs for Orientation & Sensitisation Workshop and Information, Education & Communication campaigns for the implementation of the PC & PNDT Act under the National Health Mission (NHM).

 Advertisements and Impact on search engines 

The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 16.11.2016 in WP 341 of 2008 has directed the Union of India to constitute a Nodal Agency to  monitor and trigger search engines to crack down on online pre-natal sex determination advertisements.

As per the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 16.11.2016 in WP 341 of 2008,  anybody who comes across anything in nature of the advertisement which has the impact of identifying the sex of foetus shall be brought to the notice of the Nodal Agency and same shall be intimated to the concerned search engines by the Nodal Agency which shall be removed/ deleted within 36 hours and compliance shall be intimated to the Nodal Agency.

The Union Government is required to comply with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 16.11.2016 in WP 341 of 2008.

Read Also : Put Autoblock on Internet ads on Sex Determination: SC to Google, Yahoo, Microsoft

Source: Press release
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    Dr. Praveen Kumar June 4, 2017, 7:23 pm

    What is basic aim of PC PNDT Act ?
    To register cases under doctors and seal their clinics ?
    If it is so then the act is highly successful.
    If it is their only target then appropriate authorities can seal ultrasound clinics on so many filthy grounds like wearing a blue shirt is not allowed or coughing while performing ultrasound is not allowed as it indicates the foetus is female.
    If aim of the act is to control female foeticide and control CSR the act is an absolute failure.Even after lapse of 21 years ( add addition 5 yrs for Maharastra act) there is no appreciable effect of the act on CSR as it is based on wrong demographic facts. If you can not achieve a target in 21 years you can not do it in hundred years.

    If pro PCPNDT activists have even traces of honesty left in their selves they should apologize from nation and doctor community and urge to withdraw this act immediately which I think they will never do as they are earning a lot of illegal money from it. With passage of time nature will itself control CSR and PC PNDT activists will pat their own back like a quack who praises himself for curing cancer which was practically non existent.

    The practice of sex determination can easily be curbed by compulsorily loading a software in every ultrasound system which blurs foetal genitalia ( Not a big issue for giant manufactures)

    Moreover practice of female foeticide is due to our poor social structure. Their are new technologies being developed to detect foetal sex ( Most likely one will be able to know it by using mobile phones in near future) which will be practically impossible to be controlled by law.

    In future when our generations will become more knowledgeable , more scientific and more understanding they will simply laugh on present government , Judiciary and NGO for the fact that they tries to control child sex ratio of a society by acts like PCPNDT which is basically a multi factorial demographic outcome. .

  2. Most of the cases recorded under PCPNDT ACT are for Form F deficiencies.They are booked just to show that the authorities are working and the law is being implemented. Without a shred of evidence of Sex Determination, criminal cases are filed , licenses suspended and renewals denied. Doctors are penalised for minor clerical errors to please the NGOs. And those who are really doing SD go scotfree for they are never searched. You can not bring down the skewed sex ratio by making a show of implementation of the Act. Form F deficiencies must be in no way considered equivalent to SD and all court cases made only for Form F deficiencies must be immediately dropped with retrospective effect.

  3. As long as the tap of indiscriminate abortion is open , female sex ratio can never be altered

  4. ultrasound should be allowed in out door clinic without formalities for the benefit of patient & to save the time of pt & doctors.if you want to see download ONE MINUTE ULTRASOUND ,till date no sex determination was caught by filling F form.it is wastage of time & paper [plants]

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    Shyam Chand Parakh December 24, 2016, 1:14 pm

    The problem is because female child is not considered as an asset to the family but as a liability. It needs change in attitude of the society. mean while Govt. should give incentives to parents of girl child so that girl child no more remains liability to the family.

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