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‘Ensure proper working of law banning sex tests of foetus’

September 21, 2016

‘Ensure proper working of law banning sex tests of foetus’

The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, which aimed at stopping female foeticide and arresting declining sex ratio in India by banning and penalising sex determination of unborn babies, is not being implemented effectively and there is a huge need to sensitise society on it, say experts.

“The act was brought in as a socially beneficial legislation, aimed at eradicating the persistent evil of sex-selective ultrasound tests but the proper and effective implementation of the law has run into rough weather for a variety of reasons,” advocate Indira Unninayar said in a press meet which stressed “how sex-determination test offenders are getting away with murder” here on Tuesday.

Unninayar, along with other activists and lawyers, drew attention to the glaring loopholes in implementation of the law, and how certain hospitals and ‘imaging centres’ exploit them to indulge in gross illegalities and enjoy impunity.

Referring to the case of Mitu Khurana, who has been fighting a courageous battle against her being deceived into having a sex-determination test, she said: “Both the government and prosecution are reluctant to, and/or have shown insufficient interest in ensuring that the law is enforced in both letter and spirit.”

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