Beware! Now husbands will also be booked for sex determination in India

Beware! Now husbands will also be booked for sex determination in India

For the first time in India, two husbands whose wives were undergoing sex determination test in Solapur, have been arrested along with their doctors

Even though sex determination in India is illegal, it seems many parents are still indulging in this act. And while till date, only doctors have been booked, now even husbands should beware.

For the first time in India, two husbands whose wives were undergoing sex determination test in Solapur, Maharashtra, have been arrested along with their doctors.

They were booked under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, for carrying out the sex determination tests.

Action-packed scenes before they were caught

Reportedly, last week during their routine patrol, a policevan spotted a car that was parked at the same spot for more than two hours. Naturally, they became suspicious and went ahead to enquire.

They found that the women, Sunita Vilas Dange and Balika Popat Chavan, were undergoing sex determination tests in that car.

Shockingly, Dr Hanumant More and Dr Tushar Gade, who were performing the tests are neither sonologists, radiologists nor do they posses any medical degree.

It was reported that when the police started to question the people inside the car, they confessed to the crime. And a team from the PCPNDT's Pune division department was then rushed to the spot.

"We noticed that Gade (from Mhaswad, Satara) and More (from Malshiraj, Solapur), both of whom held Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) and Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) degrees, were performing a sonography on two women who already had female children. One woman confessed to having three, and the other, five daughters. They were forced by their husbands to undergo sonography, so that they do not give birth to a girl child again," Pune district civil surgeon Dr Sanjay Deshmukh told Pune Mirror.

Sex determination in India: Why you don't need to know?

Indian laws, under any circumstance, do not allow sex determination in the country. Here are a few things you should remember, the next time somebody insinuates that you should try it. These are all enlisted in the PCPNDT Act:

  • If sex determination is carried out, it not only amounts to the arrest of the medical practitioner performing the act, but now also the husband
  • Parents can also not be persuaded by means of advertisements (which are banned) related to preconception and prenatal determination of sex
  • The medical practitioner performing an ultrasound must be a registered practitioner
  • Genetic laboratories cannot be used for conducting pre-natal diagnostic techniques except for detecting abnormalities such as chromosomal abnormalities, genetic metabolic diseases, sex-linked genetic diseases and congenital anomalies

Read: Prenatal testing: Identify health problems that can endanger your baby

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Deepshikha Punj

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