32 doctors in Maharashtra convicted for violating PCPNDT ACt


May 1, 2012, 02.17AM IST TNN

MUMBAI: Thirty-two doctors have been found guilty of violating the anti-sex determination law across the state till March 12. In all, 314 cases have been lodged in various criminal courts for violation of the Pre-Conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 2003, or PCPNDT Act.

Two doctors in Mumbai were convicted by the Dadar metropolitan magistrate for advertizing sex-selection facilities. The doctors were fined Rs 30,000 and sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment.

In 34 cases, decoys were used to expose those who carried out sex-determination tests and 14 doctors were subsequently convicted. The doctors have appealed against the orders of the lower courts. Nearly 215 cases have been filed for non-maintenance of records.

In 14 cases in Pune, doctors were fined by the Junior Magistrate First Class for non-registration of sonography machines.

The 2011 census shows that the general child sex ratio has improved from 922 to 925 females for every 1,000 males. In the 0-6 age group, this has deteriorated from 913 to 883. According to the health department, sex ratio of 952 is the expected average. “Considering this sex ratio and comparing it with the child sex ratio of 2011 census, nearly 4,68,680 female foeticides have occurred,” said an official.

Though the maximum decline is in Beed, the situation in six other districts-Buldhana, Washim, Hingoli, Parbhani, Jalna and Jalgaon-is also worrisome. The tribal district of Gadchiroli has witnessed the minimum decline.

Dr Jayesh Lele, secretary of the India Medical Association (Maharashtra) said, “Only two of the 32 doctors convicted belong to the IMA. We have been advising doctors to fill forms and maintain records properly. Sometimes doctors are not aware that forms have not been filled properly. They must be given an opportunity to improve. Such harsh measures will not help the government to catch the real culprits.”

Dr Kishore Taori said, “Many cases are old and a majority of doctors has been convicted for clerical errors such as improper filling of forms. Doctors are now taking paperwork more seriously. The real culprits are those who do not register their machines and carry out sex-determination tests.”

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  2. Dr wutteshwar V. Tekulwar MBBS DMRD
    May 16, 2012 @ 16:39:32

    law pcpndt is failure due to garbage of paper work on registered ultrasonography clinic , where as culprits are those who do not register their machines and carry out sex-determination tests. Similarly china made sex determination blood test kit & mobile phone size ultrasonography machine are in market. how pcpndt keep control on them. Many of us surrendered sonography machine to apropriate authorty ( AA) & started work with CT Scan machines but AA make them compulsary to register their CT Scan machine under pcpndt act. how legally CT scan of pregnant ladies can be done; difficult to understand. But they say all imaging machine come under this act. then why you escaping digital cameras & mobile phone with cameras because tey are also imaging machines.

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  4. drrajnicontractor md gynaec
    May 27, 2012 @ 07:12:19

    if real culprit will not sent behind bar then in future there will be no improvment in census 2021 female sex ratio will be definately on lower side govt inspite of knowing who r ivovleved in this female feticide activity but still they r not catch govt just interested to NUMBER OF INCERESING SEALING SONOGRAPHYMACHINE BUT THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED TO INCREASE NO FEMAE SEX RATIO IN SOCIETY

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