To curb sex determination, Punjab to engage detectives

Chandigarh (IANS) The Punjab government on Wednesday said it will engage services of private detective agencies to check illegal sex determination tests by private ultrasound centres.

Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani, while presiding over a meeting of the state supervisory board on the issue of illegal sex determination tests, said strict action would be taken against those indulging in illegal detection of sex.

Punjab has one of the worst sex ratios among states, with only 846 females per 1,000 males as per the 2011 census.

“All civil surgeons have been directed to keep an eagle’s eye on the activities of all ultrasound centres being privately run in the state and have been asked to take immediate action against any violation of the PNDT Act. The state government has been tough with the dishonest owners of these centres,” Jayani said.

Principal Secretary (Health) Vini Mahajan said a clear message has been given to the ultrasound centres by the government not to indulge in the illegal practice of sex determination.

The government has announced cash reward of Rs.1 lakh to anyone giving information about sex determination tests in the state.

“Because of the effective steps taken by the state government in curbing illegal sex determination tests, the male-female sex ratio was recorded at 846 in 2011 which was 798 in 2001,” Mahajan said.

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