Need to Amend PNDT Act to Check Unlawful Practices, says HC
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07 July 2010
New Delhi, India
Voicing concerns over the non–effective implementation of the law to prevent pre–natal sex determination tests, the Delhi High Court has suggested that the Central government plug the loopholes in the legislation.
“The absence of clear rules and guidelines spelling out unambiguously the qualification, training and experience required for operating a diagnostic clinic offering ultrasound tests, has resulted in unethical practices... going unchecked,” noted Justice S Muralidhar in his order.
The court said the Pre–Conception and Pre–Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act (PNDT Act) should be amended and asked the authorities to conduct a comprehensive survey after consulting the experts in the medical fraternity and education. As a result of the ambiguity in defining the term ‘sonologist’ under the PNDT Act, the growth of diagnostic clinics could not be effectively regulated, the court observed.