Committee on PNDT Act meets

Progress in implementing Act in State reviewed

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: A State-level Advisory Committee on the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994, was held recently to review the progress in implementing the Act and spreading awareness of the provisions in the State.

The PNDT Act, 1994, was enacted in January 1996 to check female foeticide. The Act prohibits determination and disclosure of the sex of foetus and prohibits advertisement of facilities for pre-natal determination of sex.

It prescribes imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to Rs. 10,000 for violators. For subsequent convictions, the punishment is five years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50,000.

The Act prohibits sale or purchase of equipment capable of detecting sex of foetus, without registration.

No person conducting pre-natal diagnostic procedures is allowed to communicate the sex of the foetus in any other manner.

The committee faces a shortage of funds for campaigning against pre-natal sex determination.

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