Baiting operations in Maha failed to catch criminals carrying out sex tests
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Baiting operations in Maha failed to catch criminals carrying out sex tests

The state public health department is conducting decoy operations to target doctors and health care facilities that conduct illegal fetal sex tests. However, last year, 91 percent of decoy operations conducted by health authorities were unsuccessful.

Determining the sex of unborn children is prohibited under the Preconception Testing and Prenatal Diagnosis Act (PCPNDT). (HT PHOTO)

Determining the sex of unborn children is prohibited under the Preconception Testing and Prenatal Diagnosis Act (PCPNDT).

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The Department of Health conducted a total of 71 luring operations over the last year between April 23 and March 24, of which 64 (91%) luring operations were unsuccessful and 7 (9%) were successful.

These seven operations include three in Kolhapur, two in Chatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and one each in Beed and Dharashiv respectively.

On condition of anonymity, a senior health department official said, “The team includes tehsildar, health officials and police and the strength of the team is around 14 people. If secrecy is not maintained, there is a high probability that the decoy operation will fail.

She further added that efforts are being made to raise public awareness to end gender discrimination and female feticide.

On June 7, Pune Rural Police busted an alleged gender determination racket and arrested two people, including a suspended government doctor, who were working in an under-construction building in Malegaon Budruk village in Baramati

Dr. Kailas Baviskar, deputy director of health services, said the health department is stepping up its fight against female feticide and has set up a website where complaints can be submitted, which can be anonymized.

Helpline numbers 104 and 18002334475 are available for citizens to register complaints related to PCPNDT. Officials say the health department has received 13 complaints about the toll-free number this year.

“We are carrying out awareness-raising activities to end gender discrimination and female feticide. Citizens can lodge a complaint with the health department if they notice any violation of the PCPNDT Act,” he said.