Gurgaon: A local court has sentenced five
doctors to three years rigorous imprisonment for carrying our
pre-natal sex determination tests.
Judicial Magistrate Archana Yadav also slapped a fine
of Rs 1000 on each of the convicts. It they fail to pay the
fine, the convicts would would have to undergo additional 15
days of rigorous imprisonment.
The convicted doctors have been identified as J L
Mahajan of Palam Vihar, M S Talekar, DB Lal, B Lal of Sector 4
and Dr KK Saraswat of New Palam Vihar, said Civil Surgeon
Gurgaon Parveen Garg, who is also Appropriate Authority under
the Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention
of Misuse) Act-1994.
In January 2002, then Civil Surgeon NK Jain had filed
a complaint against Dr J L Mahajan for allegedly illegally
conducting pre-natal gender tests on pregnant women at Albega
Hospital in Udyog Vihar.
The then Civil Surgeon constituted a team consisting
of Vishesh Kumar and R K Chugh to conduct a raid on his
clinic, during which Vishesh acted as a decoy customer and the
doctors were allegedly caught red-handed while carrying out
the banned test or assisting in it.
All the five doctors have been convicted under Section
23 of the PNDT Act.