December 16, 2010

23 Haryana doctors convicted for gender tests

At least 23 doctors and other medical staff in Haryana have been convicted in recent months for illegally conducting sex determination tests, a minister said Wednesday.

'In a drive to curb the menace of female foeticide, the Haryana health department has got convicted 23 doctors and other persons and has carried out 10,618 inspections of various ultrasound clinics,' Haryana Health Minister Geeta Bhukkal said here.

'The department has seized and sealed 125 ultrasound machines for violation of various provisions of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act,'

She said that the ultrasound machines had been seized on account of being unregistered or for violation of various provisions of the PNDT Act.

Health authorities had also suspended or cancelled the registration of 262 ultrasound centres for violation of various provisions of the Act, she added.

Bhukkal said that a survey of all organisations and people using ultrasound machines had been completed.

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