Pune: Despite Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act, 1994, there has been no improvement in sex-ratio from 2001-2017, claimed President of Indian Radiology and Imaging Association (IRIA), Dr Bhupendra Ahuja on his visit to Pune on Saturday.
“The government and Medical Council of India (MCI) have convicted a large number of radiologists for violating PC-PNDT Act, 1994, but this Act goes invalid if there is no growth in sex-ratio,” said Ahuja.
Ahuja stated that from 1961, there has been a dip of 10 per cent each decade. If considered from 2001 to 2011, the decade in which PC-PNDT Act was effective there has been a fall of 14 per cent in the sex-ratio.
“PC-PNDT Act came into effect to prohibit sex-determination and monitor and control diagnostic techniques of sex-determination. Ironically, there has been no increase in sex-ratio even after implementing the act, failing the policy of the Act. The government officials are instead filing false cases against radiologists by targeting them for minor record-keeping issues for which they are accused of conducting the crime of sex-determination,” said Ahuja.
He added, “The Act is definitely good but it is poorly implemented and misused against radiologists.”
Sakal Times had reported earlier that the sex ratio in Pune has dropped from 934 to 909 girls born per 1,000 boys born in first six months of 2017. The six-monthly sex ratio released by the State government shows that the city’s performance in ensuring a healthy sex ratio is deplorable, which points towards an increase in sex selective abortions.
However, officials from Pune Municipal Corporation’s PC-PNDT Cell have contradictory statements to make. “Even though the Act was implemented in 2001, it was properly followed after observing a major decline in sex-ratio in 2011. The State and the Central government had devised a PC-PNDT cell to keep a check on radiology centres. If considered, the Pune sex-ratio has seen a considerable rise from 887 till 2011 to 936 post-2011. This shows that PC-PNDT Act is effective and been followed strictly. Moreover, the Supreme Court (SC) has emphasised on the need to properly implement this Act,” said an official from Pune Municipal Corporation’s PC-PNDT Cell on condition of anonymity.
Ahuja added that it is difficult to balance the sex-ratio because of the preset mentality of people. “Even today in rural areas families consider girl child as a burden. Our government has been missing on one point that education and health will only lead our nation ahead. Sadly, very less is invested in both,” added Ahuja.