Female Foeticide prevented or facilitated-PNDTA

TNN | Sep 23, 2011, 02.25AM IST

NEW DELHI: A group of radiologists on Thursday approached the Delhi high court challenging sections of the Pre-Natal Diagonostic Technique Act, arguing they actually facilitate female foeticide rather than prevent it. 

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, issued a notice and sought a response from the authorities on the PIL, filed by the Indian Radiology and Imaging Association. Appearing for the petitioners, their lawyer Meet Malhotra sought the striking down of a section in the Act that recognizes a person holding a post graduation qualification in ultrasonography or imaging techniques as eligible to open an ultrasound clinic and conduct tests on embryos. 

The PIL informs HC that just six months of training or a one month course in sonography is enough to enable persons to set up ultrasound clinics. This explains the presence of quacks in the market who willingly abet couples in the crime of female foeticide. Seeking strict enforcement of provisions of the Act that are actually useful, the PIL prays for an effective ban on such tests so that the declining sex ratio of the country can be brought to a halt.