Pre-natal sex test case: Man and family let off by court

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Pre-natal sex test case: Man and family let off by court

Dr Mitu, who is a paediatrician, became a known face after appearing on Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyamev Jayate, in an episode that dealt with female infanticide. Sharing her story with viewers on television, Mitu had alleged that her husband and in-laws conducted a pre-birth sex detection exam without her consent, and later forced her to abort.

Sneha Agrawal  | Posted by Shraddha Jandial
New Delhi, September 30, 2015 | UPDATED 12:10 IST

Mitu Khurana

A Delhi court on Tuesday acquitted a man and his family members, who were accused of getting a pre-birth sex determination test conducted on the man’s wife before asking her to abort the foetus. The court observed that the evidence produced before it had gaps and hence, no case stood against the accused. Dr Mitu Khurana, the complainant, has now decided to move the sessions court or the Delhi High Court to challenge the order.

Dr Mitu, who is a paediatrician, became a known face after appearing on Aamir Khan‘s TV show Satyamev Jayate, in an episode that dealt with female infanticide. Sharing her story with viewers on television, Mitu had alleged that her husband and in-laws conducted a pre-birth sex detection exam without her consent, and later forced her to abort. Later, she decided to file a complaint before the court while becoming the first woman in the country to file a case against her in-laws under the PNDT Act.

“We would not stop fighting for the cause and will move the sessions court or Delhi High Court,” said AN Aggarwal, the counsel for Dr Mitu Khurana. “I have given 10 years of my life to this case. This is not just my story but of several women who are yet to muster courage to stand up for their daughters. While the PNDT Act has existed since ages, it is yet to be implemented properly,” the complainant told Mail Today.

The PNDT Act provides for a maximum punishment of three-year jail term and a penalty of up to Rs 50,000.

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