Punjab: Doctor, private hospital CEO arrested for allegedly violating PCPNDT Act
Jalandhar: In a raid, a doctor running a private hospital in Balachaur, Punjab, has been arrested for allegedly conducting an illegal sex determination test in violation of the Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnosis Technique (PCPNDT) Act.
The Punjab Police registered an FIR under the PCPNDT Act and the doctor has been booked under Sections 420, 120-B, 353, and 186 of the IPC and under Sections 4,3,5,6,18, and 29 of the PCPNDT (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act.
The act was busted following a sting conducted by a team of Health Officials from Panchkula with help of a decoy patient. The raid was conducted by the health official team comprising of Dr. Vikas Gupta, Nodal Officer, PNDT Panchkula; Drug Control Officer Parveen Chaudhary; an ASI and constable from the Panchkula police among others.
According to a recent media report, the trap was laid after the nodal officer, PCPNDT Act, Dr. Vikas Gupta got a tip-off regarding the illegal sex determination tests being conducted in the private hospital. Following the direction of the authorities, a raid was conducted in the facility by sending a decoy patient. The decoy told the doctor about her willingness to know the sex of the foetus. The doctor demanded Rs 35000 for conducting the illegal test.