The Delhi Government is planning to strengthen its sex ratio which has dropped considerably over the years from 919 girls per 1,000 boys in 2011 from 927 in 2001. To achieve this, the Health Ministry is offering up to Rs 50,000 to anyone who helps them crack down labs and hospitals conducting gender determination in the city.
To bring down the cases of female foeticide in the Capital, the department is calling out informers as well as pregnant women who can pose as decoy patients and help crack down these miscreants.
But this amount will be given only if the raids are successful, HT quoted sources.
The pre-conception, prenatal diagnostic techniques (PC-PNDT) act bans hospitals, nursing homes and clinics from using ultrasonography or any such technique to determine the gender of an unborn child. And Doctors who reveal the gender of an unborn baby face a maximum of five years in jail and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh. However, despite the law, there are about 291 diagnostic centers registered in Delhi government’s website conducting these illegal tests.
Usually, the Police has informers who get the information but using decoy patients helps the case get better as they can easily manage video evidences.
“The draft proposal for the ‘informer reward scheme’ will come into effect within a few months once we get approvals from the legal and finance departments,” said Dr Satyajit Kumar, Delhi state programme officer, PC-PNDT.
This scheme comes after the successful trials from neighbouring states of Delhi. Haryana and Rajasthan have conducted similar incentive schemes to boost their female ratios and now the National Capital is taking up the influence from there.