Rajasthan: Two including a doctor arrested for conducting sex-determination tests
A doctor and a tout were arrested in Rajasthan's Kota district for allegedly conducting sex-determination tests. The PCPNDT Bureau of Investigation (PBI) -a special team of the state Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) cell- arrested ultra-sonography specialist Dr. Mukul Kokas and a tout, Ameen Mohammed, from a diagnostic center in Nayapura area, said Rajiv Lochan, a member of the operation team. Here's more.
PBI team acted on a tip-off to catch doctor, touts
Acting on a tip-off, a team led by PBI inspector Sitaram laid a trap around six days ago. Ameen and another tout, Mahaveer, were contacted over the phone and they agreed to a sex-determination test for Rs. 50,000, which included an abortion charge if the test confirmed a girl child. The test was conducted yesterday by Dr. Kokas after the touts received the sum.
Second tout managed to escape with Rs. 35,000 cash
Dr. Kokas and Ameen were arrested, while Mahaveer managed to flee with Rs. 35,000 as the PBI team could not identify him. The two would be produced before a court in Bundi, Lochan said, adding it is the 107th such decoy operation by the PBI. Earlier this month, a 50-year-old woman, Shanti Rani, was arrested for allegedly carrying out a sex-determination test in Kota.
PCPNDT Act bans sex determination
The PCPNDT (Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques) Act, 1994, was enacted to prevent female feticide and confers wide powers to the appropriate authority to ensure that diagnostic techniques are not misused for sex selection.