Doc gets 3-yr jail term for sex determination

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Kiran Moghe, National Secretary of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) said, “Both the doctors were involved in this gruesome crime. The information was sent to State Family Welfare Bureau after which a decoy couple was sent to the doctor."

PUNE: A Judicial Magistrate (First Class) court on Tuesday sentenced Dr Neena Mathrani to three years of rigorous imprisonment after finding her guilty of sex determination under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act. The law has been enacted to stop female foeticide and arrest the declining sex ratio in India. The Act bans prenatal sex determination.

JMFC Vishakha Patil also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict Dr Mathrani who owns Lalit Diagnostic Centre near Vijay Talkies in Pune. Along with her, Dr Makarand Ranade was also one of the accused, however he died during the pendency of the trial. 

Speaking about the sex determination tests done by these doctors, Kiran Moghe, National Secretary of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) said, “Both the doctors were involved in this gruesome crime. The information was sent to State Family Welfare Bureau after which a decoy couple was sent to the doctor. Dr Ranade took a fee of Rs 6,000 and sent the couple to Dr Mathrani who did the sonography test for sex determination. Dr Mathrani did not keep a record of this patient and went ahead with the sonography. After this, Dr Ranade’s hospital as well as Dr Mathrani’s diagnostic centre were sealed by the PMC.”  

Later, the PMC’s competent authority filed the case against both doctors in the JMFC court. 

Public Prosecutor Anand Randive proved in the court that Dr Mathrani did not ask the decoy woman to fill any form. “The conviction means a lot as its aims to change the society for better. Also, punishing those who are involved in such a heinous crime,” said Randive.

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