Man gets one year in jail for selling sex selection kit online

According to the state’s counsel, advocate Amarjeet Chhillar, this is the first case filed under the provisions of PC & PNDT Act in the country.

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Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon |

In an expeditiously-tried case against the sale and marketing of online sex selection kits, the Gurgaon district court has convicted a man for selling sex selection kits online.

The court sentenced the accused, Sanjay Khatana, to one-year imprisonment and directed him to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 under the Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test Act (PC & PNDT).  Khatana was arrested in September 2014 in Gurgaon for using his website to sell sex selection kits to couples in Haryana and Punjab.

According to the state’s counsel, advocate Amarjeet Chhillar, this is the first case filed under the provisions of PC & PNDT Act in the country.

On September 2, 2014 an FIR was lodged under Section 6A, 3A, 22(1), 22(2), 22(3) and 23 of PC & PNDT Act in City police station, Gurgaon, against the accused.

A team of officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Gurgaon, National Health Mission and Health department was constituted under Gurgaon Chief Medical Officer Pushpa Bishnoi. The team arranged a trap by engaging a decoy customer to order two of the kits worth Rs 12,000. The accused was arrested when he came to deliver the kits.

Drug control officer Amandeep Chauhan said, “Khatana was nabbed on Jharsa Road in an undercover operation conducted by a joint team of the Health department and FDA. Two sex selection kits were seized from him.”

Further investigation revealed that the accused sold these kits from his office based in Delhi and had already sold 70 sex selection kits for Rs 6,000 each.

Khatana used to target couples who wanted a male child. After getting an order, he used to send them the drug kit, ‘BGC Boy Guide’, through courier.

Subsequently, a raid was conducted at the office premises of the accused at Lawrence Road, Delhi. Khatana was convicted on May 16 but the quantum of punishment was decided by the court of Justice Varsha Jain on Tuesday.

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Haryana – lowest child sex ratio in 0-6 yr age group in India

Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Disinterest of Haryana in the girl child is very pronounced and the Census data, released today, vouches for its ‘notoriety’. The child sex ratio in the age group of 0-6 years has been pegged at 834 girls for 1,000 boys in the state, the lowest in the country despite an increase over the last Census. Haryana is followed by Punjab (846) and Jammu and Kashmir (862) in this category.

Though the sex ratio in the 0 to 6 years category in 2011 has shown an improvement over the 2001 data, going up from 819 to 834, it is a way below compared to that of the country with a sex-ratio of 919 girls for 1,000 boys. In rural areas, it has increased to 835 from 823 and in urban from 808 to 832.

In this category, the sex ratio is lowest in Mahendergarh (775), followed closely by Rewari (782), Gurgaon (787) and Sonepat (798). Mewat with 906 has the highest sex ratio in the state though it fares rather badly on the literacy front and more so when it comes to female literacy.

Haryana Directorate of Census Operation Vinod Babbar said the sex ratio had increased from 861 in the 2001 Census to 879 in 2011. In rural, sex ratio had increased to 882 from 866 and in urban from 847 to 873. The overall sex ratio of India stood at 943.

However, though the sex ratio has gone up, the results are nothing to write home about. Barring Mewat and Fatehabad where the sex ratio is 907 and 902 respectively, it is below 880 in 10 of the 22 districts in the state. The sex ratio is lowest at 854 in Gurgaon, which scores highly when it comes to literacy. Sonepat is a close second at 856 and Jhajjar with 862 is in the third spot.

According to the data, the literacy rate has increased to 75.6 per cent in 2011 from 67.9 of 2001. The female literacy increased to 65.9 per cent from 55.7 per cent. In rural areas, female literacy increased to 60 per cent from 49.3 per cent and in urban area to 76.9 per cent from 71.3 per cent.

Gurgaon scores top position with 84.7 per cent, Mewat has the lowest literacy rate in the state with 54.1 per cent. When it comes to female literacy, the two districts maintain their position, with Gurgaon and Mewat having a literacy rate of 78 and 36.6 per cent respectively.

Babbar said the work participation rate had decreased from 39.6 per cent in 2001 to 35.2 per cent in 2011. In rural, it had decreased from 42.9 per cent in 2001 to 36.4 per cent. However, in urban it had increased to 32.9 per cent from 31.5 per cent. The cultivators had decreased from 36 per cent in 2001 to 27.8 per cent in 2011. As per the 2011 Census, the final population of Haryana is 2,53,51,462 persons consisting of 1,34,94,734 males and 1,18,56,728, registering a decadal growth of 19.9 per cent.

The density of population has increased from 478 persons per sq. km in 2001 to 573 persons per sq. km in 2011. The proportion of urban population has increased to 34.9 per cent from 28.9 per cent of the 2001 census. The urban area of the state is only 4.46 per cent of its total area, he said.

He said the Scheduled Castes population had increased to 51,13,615 from 40,91,110 in 2001.


India: Money Is Plenty But Girls Are Scarce in Haryana

Published February 21, 2013


The highway to Mewat, a district in the Indian state of Haryana, is smooth and plastered with roadkill. Dogs, mostly, at least one flattened carcass every mile. Behind us is Gurgaon, a newly erected city of almost a million, where multi-nationals have found a home in glitzy high-rise buildings but no supply of running water (it’s brought in with trucks from Delhi).

Ahead of us is farmland dotted with property developments. Oxcarts next to SUVs, veiled women evading the gaze of my camera, men smoking gigantic hookahs while punching their smartphones.

This is Haryana, where villages flush with money are ruled by councils that command honor killings and where 14 is a suitable age to marry when you are a girl. That is, of course, if you were lucky enough to be born.

Because Haryana also has one of the most skewed sex ratios in India: the recent 2011 census counted 830 girls born for every 1,000 boys. In other words: tens of thousands of baby girls are aborted every year because families here (as in much of the rest of India) strongly prefer boys.

“There are many reasons for this,” says Shafiq ur Rahman Khan, an activist who heads an NGO called Empower People and who has come with us to Haryana. It’s the son who inherits the wealth of a family; it’s the husband’s parents who are looked after in old age by the bride (not her own parents). And there is the dowry system, where huge sums have to be paid by the bride’s family to the future husband.

A case in point is the pile of fridges and air conditioners, flat-screen TVs, sofas and armchairs in the hallway of the building where Empower People have their Mewat office: excess dowry belonging to the recently married landlord that he could not fit into his new home.

We have come here to look at the social consequences of the skewed sex ratio: what does it mean for a society if it lacks a significant amount of women? Shafiq has been working in the area since 2006 and has established contacts with many villages in the region. He believes that the disregard for the rights of women is at the root of many problems that plague the region, from sexual violence to bride trafficking and child marriages.

Through Shafiq and his local co-workers we hope to get access to some of these villages. It won’t be an easy task, especially after the Delhi rape case that awoke a whole nation to the widespread problem of violence against women. But Shafiq is confident that through his network we will be able to speak to some women about their situation.


From womb to bin

Vinay Sarawagi | May 5, 2012, TimesCrest


UNWANTED: Officials argue that the crackdown on ultrasounds is leading to more cases of abandonment of female infants

On Thursday, a newborn girl dumped in a garbage bin in Gurgaon two weeks ago died at a government hospital in Rohtak. The girl had been bitten by mosquitoes and dogs. This isn’t a stray case. In the last one month, more than 15 instances of newborn girls being dumped have been reported in Haryana.

“No one wants a girl in Haryana, “says the manager of a government-run childcare centre. “Even those who come to adopt babies seek boys. “The observation is backed by data: the state’s child sex ratio is the lowest in the country. For every 1, 000 boys registered at birth, there are just 830 girls, according to Census 2011.

While female foeticide is an old evil in Haryana’s patriarchal society, abandonment of newborn girls is a recent trend. “We are getting such cases almost daily, “says Dr Narvir Singh, director general of health services, Haryana.

However, Sabu George, who has been actively campaigning against the practice of sex selection for more than two decades, says the media has turned undue spotlight on abandonment.

“Abandonment is a small problem compared to sex selection, which was responsible for seven million female foeticides in the last decade alone, “George says. “Abandonment cases are isolated. It’s convenient for everybody to highlight them because then questions on prevalence of sex selection don’t get asked. An abandoned baby has some chances of survival, but sex selection is murder. ”

He says the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, 1994 is not being strictly implemented in Haryana. “It’s very easy to find out the sex of a foetus and the doctors get away with almost anything, “George says.

After Census 2011 placed Haryana at the bottom of the sex-ratio list, the state government launched an ambitious plan to map all ultrasound machines, especially in villages that fared the worst. Since the drive started, the authorities say 70 cases have been filed under the PNDT Act, 1994, leading to legal action against 30 people, including 25 doctors. Under the districtlevel Sex Ratio Improvement Programme, 177 illegal ultrasound machines have been seized and the licences of 327 ultrasound centres have been cancelled. Tightening the noose around the sex selection trade, unfortunately, may lead to a rise in the cases of abandonment, fears Singh.

The way out, say experts, is through education. “To provide dignity to the girl child, law and society need to work in tandem. The law needs to be supplemented with advocacy for social change, “says Jitendra Nagpal, psychiatrist, Moolchand Medcity Hospital, Delhi. “Gender stabilization should become the hallmark of progress. We need to address it with more urgency than economic growth. “


Three abandoned baby girls are undergoing treatment at PGIMS in Rohtak.

In the last two weeks, four such babies have been admitted to the hospital

On April 18, an infant with multiple infections was rushed here after she was found abandoned in a park in Bhiwani. She is recuperating

On April 23, a three-day-old girl with acute liver infection was admitted to PGIMS. Her condition remains critical

On April 27, a baby girl, who was found near a bus stand of Dharuhera town was taken to hospital. Her condition is stable A baby girl was delivered in the toilet of the PGIMS and then left there

Last month, an abandoned baby girl was found in Sonipat and bodies of two newborn girls were recovered from a garbage dump in Ambala.

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