Pre-Natal Sex Determination

Pre-Natal Sex Determination indian bureaucracy
Pre-Natal Sex Determination indian bureaucracy

The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 16.11.2016 in WP 341 of 2008 has directed the Union of India to constitute a Nodal Agency to  monitor and trigger search engines to crack down on online pre-natal sex determination advertisements.

As per the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 16.11.2016 in WP 341 of 2008,  anybody who comes across anything in nature of the advertisement which has the impact of identifying the sex of foetus shall be brought to the notice of the Nodal Agency and same shall be intimated to the concerned search engines by the Nodal Agency which shall be removed/ deleted within 36 hours and compliance shall be intimated to the Nodal Agency.

The Union Government is required to comply with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 16.11.2016 in WP 341 of 2008.

As per information received from States/UTs, the State/UT-wise details of inspection conducted under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 is given below:

 
State wise number of premises Inspected under PC&PNDT Act (Up to September, 2016)
S. No. State/UT No. of Premises Inspected
1 Andhra Pradesh 7904
2 Arunachal Pradesh 22
3 Assam 3307
4 Bihar 1564
5 Chhattisgarh 361
6 Goa 753
7 Gujarat 463
8 Haryana 24626
9 Himachal Pradesh 223
10 Jammu & Kashmir 1266
11 Jharkhand 1024
12 Karnataka 2281
13 Kerala 987
14 Madhya Pradesh 4608
15 Maharashtra 145918
16 Manipur 229
17 Meghalaya 26
18 Mizoram Nil
19 Nagaland 2
20 Odisha 2449
21 Punjab 36549
22 Rajasthan 9978
23 Sikkim 40
24 Tamil Nadu 12457
25 Telangana 4237
26 Tripura 71
27 Uttarakhand 2301
28 Uttar Pradesh 21010
29 West Bengal 5350
30 A & N. Island 4
31 Chandigarh 1255
32 D. & N. Haveli 15
33 Daman & Diu 9
34 Delhi 6188
35 Lakshadweep 3
36 Puducherry 171
  Total 297651

The Government of India has enacted the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994, for prohibition of sex selection before or after conception and for prevention of misuse of pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic techniques for sex determination. The responsibility of implementation of the Act lies with State/ UT Governments, including taking action against medical Professionals for the offences of sex selection /sex determination. As per the quarterly progress report (QPR) received from States/ UTs, a total of 2352 court cases have been filed by the District Appropriate Authorities for violating the provisions of the PC&PNDT Act. 386 convictions have been secured under PC&PNDT Act, the medical licenses of 108 doctors have been suspended by the various State Medical Councils, following convictions.   State wise details are given below:

Financial support to the States and UTs for Orientation & Sensitisation Workshop and Information, Education & Communication campaigns for the implementation of the PC & PNDT Act under the National Health Mission (NHM).

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