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Foeticide: National body raids scanning centres in K'taka

Written by: Staff

Mysore, June 6 (UNI) The National Inspection and Monitoring Committee for Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act (PNDT) today conducted raids on scanning clinics across Karnataka, suspected to be involved in sex determination of foetus and female foeticide.

The Delhi team, comprising Mr Rathan Chand, Union Additional Law Secretary M K Sharma and Dr Kamala Ram, a gynaecologist belonging to Delhi-based NGO 'Parivar Seva Samatha', visited the city and raided the rural areas of Nanjangud. The team was accompanied by Karnataka High Court Advocate M Kumar, appointed by the State Government as Legal Consultant.

Speaking to newspersons here, Mr Chand said the Committee raided five clinics in Bangalore Rural areas and seized a scanner from a clinic. It began raids today in Nanjangud in this district, where foeticide was rampant.

He said that alarmed over the decline in female-male sex ratio in the last 15 years, the Centre had started a nationwide crackdown on sex determination scanning clinics. Under the PNDT Act, scanners in clinics should be registered with the District Health and Family Welfare Officer or any designated authority and keeping unregistered scanners was a crime. Registered scanners could be utilised for medical aspects, though revealing the sex of the foetus was a crime.

Rs 10,000 fine would be imposed on first time offenders and if caught for the second time, the licence of the clinic would be cancelled and the owner jailed for up to six months.

Mr Chand disclosed that committees under PNDT Act would be constituted in taluks and cities, along with the existing State and district level committees.

Hailing the State for being the first one to appoint a full time Legal Consultant under the PNDT Act, he said today's raid was the beginning of a campaign against female foeticide and the local committees would continue the mission.


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