Sex Determination Tests

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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
10-December-2013 15:55 IST

Sex Determination Tests

As per Census 2011, the Child Sex Ratio (0-6 years) has dipped further to 919 against 927 girls per thousand boys recorded in 2001 Census. This indicates prevalence of pre-natal sex determination and consequent termination of female fetus. The Government of India has been exhorting State/UT Governments for strict implementation of the PC&PNDT Act. Due to concerted efforts made in this direction, a total number of 527 cases are filed so far in different courts in the state of Maharashtra. 52 persons are convicted, medical licences of 37 doctors were cancelled and a total of 662 ultrasound machines were sealed in Maharashtra.

State/UT-wise details of court cases filed, convictions secured, medical licences suspended and ultrasound machines sealed/seized for violations of PC & PNDT Act, 1994, are as follows:

S.No. State/ UT No. of ongoing Court Cases No. of persons convicted No. of suspension/ cancellation of medical licenses No. of Machines Seized / Sealed
1 Andhra Pradesh 61 0 0 15
2 Arunachal Pradesh 0 0 0 0
3 Assam 5 0 0 0
4 Bihar 6 0 0 6
5 Chhattisgarh 7 0 0 0
6 Goa 18 0 0 1
7 Gujarat 114 4 0 3
8 Haryana 90 30 4 0
9 Himachal Pradesh 0 0 0 0
10 Jammu & Kashmir 5 0 0 65
11 Jharkhand 19 0 0 0
12 Karnataka 45 0 0 0
13 Kerala 0 0 0 0
14 Madhya Pradesh 24 6 2 0
15 Maharashtra 527 52 37 662
16 Manipur 0 0 0 1
17 Meghalaya 0 0 0 0
18 Mizoram 0 0 0 0
19 Nagaland 0 0 0 0
20 Odisha 24 3 0 6
21 Punjab 124 26 1 0
22 Rajasthan 562 22 21 371
23 Sikkim 0 0 0 0
24 Tamil Nadu 77 0 0 72
25 Tripura 0 0 0 0
26 Uttarakhand 10 0 0 1
27 Uttar Pradesh 42 0 0 33
28 West Bengal 8 0 0 4
29 A. & N. Island 0 0 0 0
30 Chandigarh 3 0 0 2
31 D. & N. Haveli 0 0 0 0
32 Daman & Diu 0 0 0 0
33 Delhi 62 0 0 0
34 Lakshadweep 0 0 0 0
35 Puducherry 0 0 0 0
                             TOTAL 1833 143 65 1242

Government of India, in order to make the law more stringent, has amended various provisions of PC&PNDT Rules, 1996 pertaining to sealing, seizure and confiscation of unregistered ultra-sound machines and punishment against unregistered clinics, regulation of use of portable ultrasound machine only within the registered premises besides restricting medical practitioners to conduct ultrasonography at maximum of two ultrasound clinics within a district.

This was stated by Sh Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.

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MV

 

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