Illegal sex determination racket busted, four held


Gurgaon: The health department on Wednesday conducted an inter-state raid at a clinic in Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh and nabbed a doctor and three other people on charges of illegal sex determination. A case has been registered against the doctor and his three associates under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 in Gurgaon.
The team recovered Rs 20,000 and an illegal ultrasound machine from their possession.
The civil surgeon of Gurgaon had received the information about a nexus of people conducting illegal sex determination of foetus in Gurgaon.
“Our team took a decoy pregnant woman who was contacted by the accused. She was asked to pay Rs 20,000 for the process. She informed the health department about it and thereafter, our team nabbed the four accused. We got a tip-off that the gang used to charge Rs 20,000 to 25,000 from people in Gurgaon for the illegal practice. This particular gang was operational for the past two years in the region,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurgaon.
According to an official, a quack conducted the sex determination test with the help of a potable ultrasound machine at a private clinic in Bijnor.
The team followed the decoy patient till Bijnor where they informed the police.
“It was an inter-state sex determination racket. We will be conducting multiple raids to curb such practices. We conducted several raids in Gurgaon, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh as the issue is not only related to the district,” Yadav added.
The team has conducted 15 raids in the last one year and has arrested more than 20 people. The investigations in several other cases are still going on.
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